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The Lumberton Police Department is seeking the assistance of the public to identify and or locate four armed bank robbery suspects.  Four heavily armed suspects robbed the PNC bank located at 707 North Chestnut Street, Lumberton, North Carolina, on January 23, 2018, at approximately 3:30 p.m.  No one at the bank was injured.  The suspects got away with an undisclosed amount of money, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). 

Immediately following the robbery, responding Lumberton Police Department officers spotted the suspects fleeing the area in a Grey Saturn car.  Officers pursued the vehicle out of city limits.  During the case, the suspects fired at officers multiple times, according to the FBI.  The suspects stopped their vehicle, fired additional shots at officers, and exited the vehicle in different spots along Old Whiteville Road in both Robeson and Columbus Counties. Several officers returned fire, it is unknown if any robbers were hit by gunfire.  No officers were hurt.  Multiple state, county, city, and federal law enforcement agencies searched the woods overnight looking for the suspects

The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Fayetteville Police Department, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are assisting in the investigation and ongoing manhunt.    

Michelle Tatum, spokesperson with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, said the search for the suspects has been called off as of Wednesday afternoon.

The suspects are still at large at this time, according to the FBI.  All four suspects appear in the surveillance photos to be white men.  However, each suspect wore full head masks and wore long sleeve shirts, so their races are undetermined at this time.  The men should be considered armed and dangerous.  Additional law enforcement resources are arriving in Lumberton to expand the search for these suspects.  If you see anything suspicious or recognize these suspects, perhaps from their clothing or mannerisms, call 911 or the Lumberton Police Department at 910-671-3846.     

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