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