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People wearing disguises rob several banks in Belmont and Gastonia

Updated: Jan. 7, 2020 at 9:37 PM EST
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BELMONT, N.C. (WBTV) - Police in Belmont and Gastonia are investigating whether two bank robberies and one attempted bank robbery are connected. The incidents took place on Tuesday between 10am and 3pm in Belmont and Gastonia.

Belmont police say a black male went into the New Horizon Bank on Wilkinson Boulevard, wearing a long burgundy in color wig, and dark clothing around 10:20 a.m. The unknown man presented a note, demanded money and said he had a gun. Police say the gun was not shown. When the teller told him that she could not get him the money he wanted, he took the note and left the bank without any money.

Shortly after, around 12:17 p.m., police say a white male went into the Sun Trust Bank on North Main Street, wearing a disguise which included a fake mustache, dark brown wig and derby hat. He was also wearing a white button up shirt, dark colored blazer, khaki pants and was carrying a dark colored folder. This man gave a note to the teller and said he had a bomb in his pocket. He then fled the scene after getting money from the teller.

Then, around 3:11 p.m, Gastonia Police got a 911 call about a bank robbery at the Wells Fargo on Cox Road. Police say a black male in his mid-20s or early 30s, wearing a black curly wig, a black jacket and a Panthers football scarf was behind it. They say a note was passed demanding money, the teller complied, and the suspect fled the scene in a silver SUV. According to the police report, he got away with $1,900 in cash and a $80 bank bag.

Belmont Police confirms to WBTV they are working with Gastonia Police to determine if any of these cases are connected.

Anyone with additional information about these cases is case is encouraged to contact detectives with the Belmont Police Department at 704-829-4082.

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