WPD investigates bank robbery, attempted robbery Tuesday afternoon (UPDATED)

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Wilmington police are searching for this man wanted in connection with two bank robberies reported Tuesday. Surveillance still courtesy WPD.
Wilmington police are searching for this man wanted in connection with one or both bank robberies reported Tuesday. Surveillance still courtesy WPD.

Wilmington police are searching for a man wanted in connection with a bank robbery and an attempted bank robbery reported minutes apart on Tuesday afternoon.

The suspect description in both incidents is the same–an approximately 6-foot white male in his late 20s who wore a dark shirt, hat and sunglasses–Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay said.

The attempted robbery was reported at 2:15 p.m. at the Bank of America at 1929 Carolina Beach Road. It was unclear if any money was taken and it does not appear that a weapon was used, Lindsay said.

“He just came to the front window and said he wanted money,” Lindsay said.

The second robbery was reported about 2 miles away at the First Citizens Bank at 2200 S. 17th St. at 2:34 p.m. The initial report about the First Citizens Bank incident did not mention a weapon, so police did not know if a weapon was used, Lindsay said. The man reportedly stole an unknown amount of money in the First Citizens’ robbery.

There was no vehicle description given to police, but the man reportedly fled west on Medical Center Drive.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the man or his identity is asked to contact the police department at (910) 343-3600 or via Text-a-Tip at Tip708, then type your tip.

Check back for more on this developing story.