Monday, March 8, 2010

Quick Bank Robbery Arrest

At 9:06 a.m. today, Richmond Police received a call about a bank robbery on West Broad Street.

At 9:18 a.m.—12 minutes later—the robber was in custody.

Thanks to an alert bank teller and quick action by several officers, James B. Clarke, 60, of no fixed address, was arrested without incident and charged with robbery.

This morning Clarke slipped a teller a note demanding money, but did not display a weapon. Another teller at the Wachovia Bank, 4901 W. Broad St., recognized Clarke as the same man who robbed the bank Dec. 2, 2009.

The teller called police and Third Precinct officers spotted the man nearby and arrested him.

Clarke will also be charged with the Dec. 2 robbery, which also occurred at 9:06 a.m. A surveillance photo from that robbery is below.