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Person of interest sought in bank robbery

The Chocowinity Police Department and Beaufort County Crime Stoppers have released surveillance photos of a person of interest in Tuesday’s bank robbery at CresCom Bank in Chocowinity.

A trio of photos released by the CPD Tuesday evening show an African-American man at the bank on May 20, eight days prior to the robbery. The CPD is asking for the public’s help in identifying the man, who CPD Chief Raplh Whitehurst called, “a person of interest in this case.”

(Chocowinity Police Department)

(Chocowinity Police Department)

A photo shared by Beaufort County Crime Stoppers shows the culprit inside the bank on the morning of the robbery, dressed in a white Tyvek suit, a white mask and sunglasses. Whitehurst confirmed that the suspect was armed with a handgun during the robbery.

IN THE ACT: This photo from Beaufort County Crime Stoppers shows the robbery suspect dressed in a full tyvex body suit, wearing sunglasses and a face mask. (Beaufort County Crime Stoppers)

After taking an undisclosed about of money, the CPD says the suspect fled the scene in a silver Nissan Versa. He was last seen headed south on Bragaw Lane towards the U.S. Highway 17 Bypass.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Chocowinity Police Department at 252-946-2882. Beaufort County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Tips can be submitted anonymously at 252-974-6400. In addition, the North Carolina Bankers Association is also offering a cash reward for information on the suspect.