Police seek suspect in Troy bank robbery

Authorities are searching for Anthony Leon Drake, named as the suspect in the Jan. 20 robbery of Fidelity Bank, 315 Albemarle Rd., Troy.

Anthony Leon Drake is the only suspect in the robbery of Fidelity Bank, Troy, N.C., Jan. 20, 2015. (law enforcement photo)

Anthony Leon Drake is the only suspect in the robbery of Fidelity Bank, Troy, N.C., Jan. 20, 2015. (law enforcement photo)

Troy Police told media the 45-year-old Drake was identified as a suspect following several hours of investigation that followed the robbery. He is believed to be the man seen fleeing on foot following the robbery of the bank just after its 9 a.m. opening.

A check of public records showed Anthony Drake has been in and out of prison since 1989, serving a total of more than nine years and four months after being convicted of multiple crimes including larcenies, assault with a deadly weapon and felony breaking and entering. In 2004, he was sentenced in Montgomery County as a habitual felon. In December, 2014, he was given probation and a suspended sentence in Moore County after a conviction on larceny and shoplifting charges.

The bank robber was said to have brandished a BB gun, which was found discarded near the scene. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken, and none of the six people in the bank were hurt.

Police say Anthony Drake is a black male, about 5’10” tall, and is believed to be in the Richmond County area. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Troy Police at 910-572-1313 or their own local law enforcement at 911.

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