Robbery lesson: You can’t skirt the law
By Jessie Burchette
KANNAPOLIS ó A tip called in to Crime Stoppers led to the arrest Monday of a man police say robbed a Main Street bank last week dressed as a woman.
Police charged Deshawn Jamel Greene, 31, of 611 Riverdale Road, with robbery with a dangerous weapon and another weapons violation. He is in the Cabarrus County Jail under $50,000 bond.
Police also charged Enochville resident Jay Dustin Lear, 31, of 2405 McGill St., with robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Capt. Chuck Adams of the Kannapolis Police Department said both men will face federal charges related to bank robbery.
They may also face charges in Landis for an attempted robbery of SunTrust Bank on South Main Street.
Shortly after the 11:20 a.m. incident last Wednesday in Landis, police broadcast a description of the man dressed as a woman wearing a black wig and carrying a purple purse. He left the bank and got into a silver car and headed south.
Less than half an hour later, a duo with an identical description robbed the Fifth-Third Bank in Kannapolis.
Employees said the man dressed as a woman brandished a gun and demanded money. Employees complied with the demand, giving him an undisclosed amount of money.
Lt. Ken Jackson took the Crime Stopers call and followed up, leading him to a car matching the description of the the getaway vehicle. The car was located near the Lear home on McGill Street.
Adams said when Jackson looked into the vehicle, it appeared a red-dye pack had exploded in the car.
Police seized the car and subsequently identified Lear and Greene as suspects.
Contact Jessie Burchette at 704-797-4254.