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  • Detectives Apprehend Serial Bank Robber Moments Before Robbery

  • Detectives identified Michael D. James, 35, of Newport, as a suspect before he was observed walking towards the Wells Fargo Bank at 2024 Naamans Road
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  • Robbery detectives apprehended a serial bank robber this afternoon as he prepared to commit another robbery.
    The investigation began on March 10 at 9:06 a.m. when a white male suspect entered the M&T Bank in the Astro Shopping Center and presented a demand note to two female tellers. The tellers complied with the suspect's demands and turned over cash. The suspect then fled.
    A second bank robbery occurred on April 8 when the same suspect entered the WSFS Bank at 3202 Kirkwood Highway at approximately 10:53 a.m. The suspect presented a demand note to a male teller, who turned over cash, and then demanded money from a female teller, who complied. The suspect then fled.
    On April 18 at 11:20 a.m. the robberies continued. The suspect entered the PNC Bank, 4725 Kirkwood Highway, and presented a demand note to a teller. The suspect fled before receiving any money. Shortly thereafter he entered the Delaware First Federal Credit Union at 1815 Newport Gap Pike and presented a demand note to two tellers. Both tellers complied, turning over cash, and the suspect fled.
    The fourth incident occurred on April 30 at 11:15 a.m. when the suspect entered the PNC Bank in Greenville, 3840 Kennett Pike, and demanded cash from two tellers. Both tellers complied and the suspect fled.
    After a lengthy investigation into these bank robberies detectives identified Michael D. James, 35, of Newport, as a suspect. Detectives initiated covert surveillance of James, and at 12:31 p.m. today, observed James walking towards the Wells Fargo Bank at 2024 Naamans Road. Detectives apprehended James as he walked through the parking lot. A search of James resulted in the recovery of items and clothing that indicated he was about to commit another bank robbery.
    James was transported to Troop 2 where he was charged with one count of robbery first degree, one count of attempted robbery first degree, eight counts of robbery second degree, and two counts a wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony. He was committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institute on $75,000 cash bail. A picture of James is not currently available for release.
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