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Police identify suspect in BB&T robbery

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Police say the suspect in Friday's bank robbery at BB&T is a convicted felon whose parole ended less than two weeks before the heist.

The Wilson Police Department has obtained a warrant for arrest charging 32-year-old Brandon Michael Council of Wilson with felony common-law robbery. Sgt. Steve Stroud said officers are actively looking for Council.

Police were called to the BB&T branch at 1604 S. Tarboro St. at 9:14 a.m. following the Friday robbery. A man whose description matches Council's is visible on a surveillance camera image released Friday afternoon.

Stroud said the man left the bank with an unknown amount of money. The common-law robbery charge indicates a weapon was not shown.

Council was convicted of larceny over $1,000 and being a habitual felon  in Wilson County on March 16, 2011 and released from prison on Nov. 3, 2016, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction. His parole on the charges was terminated July 31 - 11 days before the BB&T robbery.

State records show Council also served prison time for a Wilson County conviction on a felony breaking and entering charge in 2008 and has previous convictions of misdemeanor larceny in Wake County, felony larceny of a motor vehicle in Pitt County and felony receiving a stolen vehicle in Wilson County.

Anyone with information on the BB&T robbery or Council's current whereabouts is asked to call the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.

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