Marion and Mooresville authorities believe the same bandit likely robbed banks in both towns 48 hours apart.

On Thursday, July 24, at 4:53 p.m., an unknown suspect entered the Fifth Third Bank on South Main Street in Marion, approached a teller, demanded cash and then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money. Just two days prior, at around the same time, the Fifth Third Bank on River Highway in Mooresville, approximately 85 miles away from Marion, was also hit by what looks like the same suspect in surveillance photos.

No one was harmed during either robbery.

Lt. Rusty Jenkins of the Marion Police Department said he received information about the Mooresville robbery from a McDowell deputy who had seen a report online.

“I contacted the investigator at the Mooresville Police Department the next day, and we are working with them,” said Jenkins. “There are some similarities in their case as well as ours.”

The suspect is 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.

Jenkins said unfortunately there are no new leads at this time, but they are not giving up hope that someone will recognize the suspect from the pictures.

“The FBI has been notified and the pictures of the suspect have been released federally,” Jenkins told The McDowell News on Tuesday. “I can say that we are not familiar with this person even though the images we received from the bank are really clear.”

A Fifth Third representative in Charlotte did not return a phone call by deadline.

Jenkins said folks should not hesitate to call the Marion Police Department at 652-5205, or Crimestoppers at 65-CRIME should they recognize the suspect. With Crimestoppers, your identity remains anonymous and you could receive a cash reward.