Waynesville credit union robbed

By DeeAnna Haney | Jan 06, 2013

Efforts to locate a woman who robbed a Waynesville credit union Friday evening have been unsuccessful so far.

Waynesville Police Chief Bill Hollingsed said officers canvassed the neighborhood around Champion Credit Union on Walnut Street Friday evening looking for a white woman between 35 and 45 years old who came in shortly before closing demanding money. She said she had a gun, but a weapon was never displayed, said Lt. Chris Chandler.

The woman, who left with an undisclosed amount of money, was carrying a Christmas gift bag in her right hand and was wearing a green sock on her right hand. Her face was covered with a scarf and she was wearing an oversized plaid shirt.

Hollingsed said deputies are following up on a few leads and have not yet concluded whether the suspect is a local resident.

The timing of the robbery — just minutes before the credit union's 6 p.m. closing — indicates it was a planned crime, he said, noting she had either checked out the place beforehand or looked into the hours of operation, Hollingsed said.

The note was given to a male teller at the credit union where staff members were obviously shaken by the act, he said.

Thanks to security video, officers were able to piece together a description of the suspect and then canvassed the other stores still open in the shopping complex, as well as stores in the nearby Bi-Lo Plaza and area residences.

"We talked to people to see if anyone recognize her walking around previously or  living in the area, but no one did," Hollingsed said.

Anyone with any information should call the Waynesville Police Department at 456-5363.




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