Man charged in bank holdup, attempted robbery

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Authorities arrested a Raleigh man Thursday in connection to a Wilson bank robbery in May and an attempted bank robbery in Bailey last month.

Police charged Michael Donell Moore Sr., 26, of Ridgewood Drive in Raleigh, with robbery with a dangerous weapon and wearing a mask or a hood on public property. A Wake County magistrate gave Moore a $252,000 secured bond.

Moore also faces robbery with a dangerous weapon and making a false bomb report in a public building charges in connection with the May 28 robbery of CresCom Bank in Chocowinity, according to court documents.

Wilson police Sgt. Steve Stroud said Moore robbed the First Citizens Bank at 3129 Raleigh Road Parkway at gunpoint on May 8.

Officers responded to the bank, located next to the former Golden Corral, around 10:10 a.m. regarding an armed robbery. When police arrived, they spoke with bank employees who said the robber entered the bank with a gun and demanded money, Stroud said.

Moore took about $29,600 during the robbery, according to an arrest warrant.

Police said no injuries occurred in the holdup.

The robber wore a white mask, pink coat and appeared to be in a black hooded sweatshirt. He left the scene in a silver Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV captured in surveillance photos police later released.

In a July 2 incident, Moore tried to enter a Southern Bank branch on East Main Street in Bailey but a bank employee locked the door, said Bailey Police Chief Steve Boraski.

The employee spotted a masked man running across the back parking lot and locked the doors, forcing Moore to abandon his planned heist, Boraski said.

“He ran to his car and took off,” Boraski said of Moore.

Boraski commended Cpl. Cathy Callahan for her investigative work, which led to Moore being charged in the Bailey case.