Thursday, April 3, 2014

Police ID man wanted in Lincolnton bank robbery


Police have identified a man they believe robbed a Lincolnton bank Wednesday morning, and are asking for the public's help locating him.

The robbery was reported at 9 a.m. at the Peoples Bank on Highway 27 West in Lincolnton, according to the Lincolnton Police Department. Officials say a man went into the bank and handed a teller a note demanding money.

Lincolnton Police believe the robber's original target was a bank across the street. "He was seen inside the Carolina Trust Bank just before," said Lincolnton Police Lt. Brian Greene. "We believe he actually wrote a note inside that bank and carried it over to this bank." Greene thinks the man was scared off by something, but he is not sure what.

Police said the robber also told the teller, "Give me all of the money and no dye packs or I will shoot you," before he left the store with an undisclosed amount of money. He never show a weapon.

Later Wednesday, investigators said they had identified the robber as 49-year-old Jean Pierre Gendron, and had issued warrants on him for robbery with a dangerous weapon.