NCBA Bank Robbery Reward Press Conference Focused on Awareness

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December 12, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For More Information Contact:
Dawn Thompson
919-781-7979
dawn@ncbankers.org

RALEIGH, N.C. – The North Carolina Bankers Association conducted its annual Bank Robbery Reward Press Conference today at the US Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of NC. The discussion focused on bank robberies in North Carolina and how to enable members of the public and the media to assist the FBI and other state and local law enforcement agencies in the apprehension of individuals who commit bank robberies. Officials from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina participated in the press conference to discuss prosecution of these individuals. This is a timely message as the holiday season is often a period of heightened bank robberies.

The 2013 NC Bank Robbery Statistics Report from the FBI shows an overall decline in bank robberies. Early morning, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., was the most active time for the occurrence of a bank robbery. For more detailed 2013 bank robbery statistics call Dawn Thompson. 

The arrest of suspected bank robbers and conviction of individuals who commit such heists are tributes to the effectiveness of the continuing joint efforts of the FBI, other North Carolina law enforcement agencies, North Carolina and federal government officials, the state’s banking industry, the NCBA, and the public to reduce or eliminate this serious crime.

“Bank robbers need to know that there are stiff penalties in federal court for bank robbery including up to 25 years imprisonment and a consecutive sentence of not less than 7 years and up to life imprisonment for using a firearm during a bank robbery,” Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson said.

The North Carolina Bankers Association brings together all categories of banking institutions that best represent the interests of our rapidly changing state. The state’s banks have provided support to their communities since 1864. Look for a current listing at www.ncba.com.

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Photo Caption: Left to right – Sergeant Scioli, Jim Sughrue and Detective Jackson of the Raleigh Police Department, Jane Jackson, Assistant United States Attorney, John Anthony, CAO, TrustAtlantic Bank, and Dawn Thompson, VP and Associate Counsel, NCBA.