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BAILEY — Quick thinking on the part of an employee thwarted a bank robbery last month and dogged detective work led to a suspect’s arrest last week, according to local law enforcement officials.
Police charged Michael Donell Moore Sr., 26, of Ridgewood Drive in Raleigh, with wearing a mask on public property.
In a July 2 incident, an employee at the Southern Bank branch on East Main Street in Bailey, noticed a man in a mask outside the bank, said Bailey Police Chief Steve Boraski.
“She saw a man in a mask and dark attire making his way to the front of the building and she locked the doors,” Boraski said. “When he found the doors locked, he ran to his car and took off.”
Boraski said Cpl. Cathy Callahan’s diligence in the subsequent investigation led to Moore being charged in the case.
“He didn’t brandish a gun, he didn’t threaten anyone,” Boraski said. “Callahan did a great job and we were able to charge Michael Donell Moore with wearing a mask,” Boraski said.
According to N.C. General Statute 14-12.8, it’s illegal to wear a mask or hood on public property.
Moore faces charges in two other bank robberies in which he’s accused of taking at least $29,000.
Police charged Moore with robbery with a dangerous weapon in a May 8 bank heist in Wilson and robbery with a dangerous weapon and making a false bomb report in a public building in connection with the May 28 robbery of CresCom Bank in Chocowinity, according to court documents.
Police said Moore used his Mazda CX-9 in all three crimes.
Wilson police Sgt. Steve Stroud said Moore robbed the First Citizens Bank at 3129 Raleigh Road Parkway at gunpoint.
Police said no injuries occurred in the two holdups.
Moore wore a white mask, pink coat and appeared to be in a black hooded sweatshirt during the Wilson robbery, police said.
Authorities arrested Moore in Raleigh late last week. His secured bonds total $377,000.
Wilson Times staff writer Olivia Neeley contributed to this report.