By DEUCE NIVEN
Was a Brunswick County man planning to rob a Tabor City bank Wednesday morning?
Tabor City police want to talk to a “suspicious suspect” who eluded them in the area of Anderson and Bell streets and Pireway Road not long after officers located a car they believe to have been his, a weapon and ammunition in side.
A rapidly folding series of events began with Lt. Richard Kosloski noticed a Chevrolet Trailblazer parked at Maxime’s Restaurant on Green Sea Road just off of Hickman Road shortly before 8 a.m., Capt. Greg Sibbett said.
Minutes later an alarm sounded at the CresCom Bank on Hickman Road, set off after a brick was thrown through a window.
Staff at Tabor City Baptist Church Day Care called 911 within minutes, reporting a “suspicious person” at the facility between Live Oak and Garrell streets.
Moments later Sibbett said he spotted the “suspicious suspect,” a white man, about 6 feet tall, 140 to 150 pounds with black hair, wearing blue jeans, a gray shirt and a dark ball cap, Sibbett said.
“He got away in the woods,” Sibbett said.
Officers surrounded a wooded area near Anderson and Bell streets, called in a K9 unit, but were unable to locate the man in those woods or in the area.
By 11 a.m. Chief Donald Dowless authorized a “Code RED” reverse 911 call, alerting area residents to be on the lookout for the man who may be armed and should be considered dangerous, Sibbett said.
“We wanted to alert the public, their safety is our top priority,” Sibbett said.
Police found a loaded gun in the vehicle, which is registered to a Brunswick County man, Sibbett said.
Officers also found “a round to another weapon, a 9mm handgun,” Sibbett said. “We have to assume he has that weapon.”
Police towed the vehicle, with an SBI technician on the way to process it Wednesday afternoon.
Anyone with information on the man, or the vehicle, is asked to contact the Tabor City Police Department, local law enforcement, or call 911.
Look for updates here as events warrant, and in the next Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.