Crime & Courts

Norwood bank robbery arrest leads to charges in 2 other cases

The arrest of a suspect in a Norwood bank robbery led to charges in two other bank robberies in the region, authorities said Friday.

Quinton Christopher Tennell, 45, of Concord, was charged with common law robbery in connection with the Dec. 5 robbery at SunTrust Bank, Norwood Police Chief William Green said. He said it apparently is the first bank robbery in Norwood in about a decade.

No one was hurt in the incident.

The other bank robberies were in Belmont and Salisbury.

In the Norwood case, the suspect had handed the teller a note, and told her he had a gun, authorities said. The suspect had a driver waiting for him when he left the bank, Green said.

An alert was put out to area law enforcement. An Anson County sheriff’s deputy stopped the vehicle about 12 miles south of Norwood, authorities said, and they found in the vehicle more than $3,000, the bank note and what was apparently a fake gun.

Also charged with common law robbery in the Norwood case was the alleged driver, Henry James Jordan, 42, of Concord.

Both men are in Stanley County Jail, and bail had been set at $50,000 for each man, authorities said.

Because a fake gun apparently was used in the bank robbery, the suspects were charged with common law robbery instead of armed robbery, Green said.

He praised the cooperation his agency received from the Anson and Stanley County sheriff’s offices.

Tennell also was charged with common law robbery in connection with a Nov. 24 robbery of a Wells Fargo bank branch in Belmont and a Park Sterling Bank branch in Salisbury on Nov. 20, authorities said.

Bail was set at $50,000 in each of the additional two cases, authorities said.