Authorities were still searching on Friday for a man who robbed Fifth Third Bank on South Main Street in Marion Thursday.
At exactly 4:53 p.m. on that day, the suspect, described as a white male in his mid-30s, standing between 5 feet, 6 inches and 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing approximately 160 pounds, entered the bank and demanded money.
According to Interim Marion Police Chief Lt. Scott Spratt, who is in charge of the department while Chief Allen Lawrence is in out-of-town training, the suspect spent around five or six minutes inside the bank.
While there, he approached a teller, demanded money and eventually made off with an undisclosed amount of money. No bank employees or customers were harmed. An earlier press release said the bandit may have had some kind of tape on his hands, but Spratt could neither confirm not deny that on Friday.
Authorities spent Thursday evening searching for the suspect, but came up empty.
As of Friday, investigators had checked surveillance footage from cameras located on Main Street and had found no additional clues.
They had, however, found a link which might tie the case to others in North Carolina.
“There are possibilities that other jurisdictions in the area have had some very similar incidents, and, in fact, the suspect in those incidents appears to be similar,” said Spratt. Some aspects of those robberies, which took place from Charlotte westward, seemed comparable.
Spratt stated that the investigation was moving forward and that authorities were following up on leads they had received about the case.