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Forest City Police Department
Friday February 17th, 2012 :: 07:02 p.m. EST
Advisory

Update: Fifth Third Bank is cleared of a device suspect claimed to be an explosive when robbing the bank earlier this afternoon.

On February 17, 2012, at 2:14 pm, FCPD officers were called to respond to Fifth Third Bank, 300 West Main Street, Forest City, NC, in reference to an armed robbery that had just occurred at the bank. An unidentified white male, having a goatee, wearing a dark colored jacket and dark colored toboggan approached a teller, handed the teller a note and placed a device in front of the teller indicating it was a bomb. The suspect left on foot and with an undisclosed amount of US currency. The suspect possibly left the area in a dark colored pickup truck.

Forest City Police Department requested the assistance of Gastonia Police Departments Bomb Squad. Officers from Gastonia Police Department, Gaston County Police Department and ATF responded to assist in the clearing of the device. Upon inspection it was determined the device was not an explosive device. The uses of the specialized unit allow for investigators to process the object and its contents for latent evidence.

Chief Jackson would like to offer is gratitude to all of the officers who assisted Forest City Police Department today. This a very unique case in that we wanted to make sure we were able to safely investigate the crime while preserving evidence in the case. I would like to commend the employees of Fifth Third Bank who quickly exited the business and locked down the location so their customers would not enter the business.

Investigators are actively working leads in the case. Anyone with information concerning this case should contact Forest City Police Department at (828) 245-5555 (Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm). After 5:00 pm and over the weekend, please contact Rutherford County Central Communications at (828) 286-2911 with any information concerning this case.

Address/Location
Forest City Police Department
187 S Church St
Forest City, NC 28043

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 828-245-5555

300 W Main St
Forest City, NC 28043

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