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BPD Offers Bank Robbery Award – Brevard, NC


Last updated 11/16/2020 at 3:01pm

The Brevard Police Department is offering a $15,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in the armed robbery at First Bank in Brevard (next to Food Matters) Friday, Nov. 6.

Police Chief Phil Harris spoke with The Transylvania Times on Friday about the investigation, which has not yet led to any arrests.

Harris said the State Bureau of Investigation came to help process the crime scene the night it happened, and that BPD has been in contact with the FBI, which Harris said has a responsibility to follow up on bank robberies.

“Whenever we have something like this and we put information out to the community, we get leads, and we’re following up not only leads we generated at the scene, but leads that we are obtaining from the community,” Harris said.

Harris also said this is the first bank robbery in Brevard in at least over 30 years.

He said while it is not clear what the suspect’s motive may have been at the time of the robbery, but that bank robberies do fall into certain categories.

“With bank robberies there are a number of categories they fall into,” he said. “It’s rare for somebody to do a bank robbery because they are desperately in need of money. Often, it’s because they have chosen a certain lifestyle. There are times when it’s because they have some kind of an addiction and doing a bank robbery is a way to feed the addiction. There are also people who get to the point where they say, ‘If I get good at doing crime, I won’t have to go to a 9-5 job.’ So, there are different categories that they fall into.”

Where the SBI and the FBI can often help, Harris said, is tapping into their databases to look for similar crimes and bringing their expertise in profiling to help find the suspects and in their ability to help with more sophisticated evidence collection.

Harris said BPD was not able to release information on whether the suspect was working alone or with others in the robbery.

Anyone with infor-mation should call the BPD at (828) 883-2212 or the anonymous hotline, (828) 862-746.

The Transylvania Times reached out to First Bank for comment, but at the time of publication, the bank’s spokesperson had not responded to the request.


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