NC authorities arrest MB bank robbery suspect in Motel 6

Male suspect seen on bank's surveillance cameras (Source: NCBA)
Male suspect seen on bank's surveillance cameras (Source: NCBA)

NORTH CAROLINA (WMBF) – Authorities in North Carolina have located the Myrtle Beach man they believe robbed a North Carolina bank, and he has now been named the suspect in a bank robbery in the Grand Strand.

According to the North Carolina Bankers Association, a white male in his forties entered the Heritage Bank on Wilson Street in Fremont, NC on Oct. 16 and attempted to rob the bank.

On the following day, the same male visited the Southern Bank and Trust Co. on East Tenth Street in Roanoke Rapids. On this attempt, the man successfully robbed the bank, but authorities have not said if the suspect used any weapons or how much money may have been stolen from the banking institution.

The male was later identified as 46-year-old Brian Garland Lancaster. He was last known to reside on Whooping Crane Drive in North Myrtle Beach, but authorities believe he has moved around.

Roanoke Rapids Deputy Police Chief T.R. Hathaway tells WMBF News that Lancaster was located at a Motel 6 in the Asheville area around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. He is expected to be back in Halifax County Wednesday night to face charges.

Following his arrest, officials with the Myrtle Beach Police Department were able to identify Lancaster as the man responsible for the armed robbery of the First Citizens Bank on October 12.

Currently, Myrtle Beach Police are seeking warrants for his arrest and extradition.

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