FBI: Former deputy accused of robbing bank appears to be notorious ‘Ball Cap Bandit’

Former deputy accused of being serial bank robber

ALBEMARLE, N.C. (WBTV) - A former Rowan County deputy arrested in a recent Albemarle bank robbery appears to be the “Ball Cap Bandit,” the FBI confirms, who was wanted in multiple Charlotte-area bank robberies.

The latest robbery took place around 5:30 p.m. on March 25. Police said a white male wearing a camouflage hoodie, jeans and a dark-colored John Deere hat went into the State Employees Credit Union on the NC 24/27 Bypass and demanded money.

The robber told the teller he had a gun but did not show one at any point during the robbery. The teller gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash and the robber ran from the scene on foot.

On Thursday, May 30, officials said 35-year-old Joshua McHone was arrested in Davidson County, NC, and charged in connection to the robbery. McHone was a Rowan Sheriff’s deputy from May 2006 until he was terminated in May of 2013.

35-year-old Joshua McHone was arrested in Davidson County, NC, and charged in connection to a March 25 bank robbery in Albemarle. (Albemarle Police Department)
35-year-old Joshua McHone was arrested in Davidson County, NC, and charged in connection to a March 25 bank robbery in Albemarle. (Albemarle Police Department)

Investigators have not said what evidence led to McHone being named as the suspect and there is no word on exactly what charges he’s facing.

The FBI confirms McHone is the suspect dubbed the “ball cap bandit,” accused in multiple Charlotte-area robberies in March and April.

The FBI believes the suspect robbed a Wells Fargo on Conlan Circle in Charlotte on March 25. The suspect is also believed to have robbed a BB&T on Poplar Tent Road in Concord on April 8 and then an Employees Credit Union on NC Highway 27/27 in Albemarle just hours later.

McHone is being held at the Davidson County Jail and is due in court on his charges on June 10.

Anyone with further information about the robbery is asked to call 704-984-9500.

The FBI says the federal investigation is ongoing.

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