Alexander County police search for bank robbery suspect

Alexander County sheriff’s investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man who robbed the Bethlehem branch of Taylorsville Savings Bank on Friday.

About 10 a.m., a man wearing a dark ski mask and holding a gun ordered a clerk to put money into a pastel purple fanny pack, Chief Deputy Tod Jones said.

Witnesses described the car in which the man left as a light gray or silver compact sedan, possibly an early 2000 model Volkswagen Jetta, with daytime running lights and a North Carolina registration plate.

The suspect is described as white, possibly in his late 30s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and slim. He also was wearing blue jeans and a gray-hooded sweatshirt.

The vehicle headed south on N.C. 127 toward Catawba County.

Anyone who knows the robber or his whereabouts is asked to call Alexander County Crime Stoppers at 828-632-8555 to provide anonymous information. Tips can also be submitted at

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