The suspect who robbed a local First Citizens Bank shortly before closing time Jan. 6, armed with a gun and demanding cash, has been identified as a Goldsboro man, who previously served close to 20 years in prison for armed robbery and larceny offenses and is currently being sought in connection with two other bank robberies this month.
The Clinton Police Department has obtained warrants on Nathan Terry Bullock, 58, for robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of firearm by a felon. According to Clinton Police officials, the department’s Neighborhood Improvement Team has been working with the Kenly Police Department and Nash County Sheriff’s Office on similar bank robberies that occurred in their jurisdictions.
Bullock is reportedly a suspect in robberies at the State Employees Credit Union on Fairview Road in Rocky Mount and a robbery of the Southern Bank in Kenly earlier this month.
“NIT investigators were able to take out warrants based on information shared by these law enforcement agencies,” a statement from the Clinton Police Department, released on Monday, read. “Bullock has been entered as wanted and bulletins have been put out in an attempt to locate the suspect.”
According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Bullock served 15 years in prison following an armed robbery conviction and then four additional years stemming from multiple felony larceny cases. Those convictions came in Wayne County in June 1991. Bullock was released in November 2010. He had numerous other convictions of larceny, assault with a deadly weapon, trespassing, assault on a policeman and driving while impaired in the late 1970s and throughout the 80s in Wayne and Johnston counties.
He was convicted of misdemeanor larceny in Wilson County in July 2013. He received a suspended sentence and probation for that offense. His probationary status is listed as “inactive” on the N.C. Department of Public Safety site.
In the Jan. 6 robbery at First Citizens in Clinton, the man now identified as Bullock reportedly got away with an undisclosed sum of money moments before Clinton Police Department vehicles, marked and unmarked, converged on the bank at 4:45 p.m. The branch, one of two in Clinton, is located at 302 Northeast Blvd., adjacent to Jordan Shopping Plaza.
According to police reports, the suspect went to the bank teller and demanded money while showing a firearm. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the male suspect fled the area in a dark colored Nissan. Nobody was injured during the robbery. There were several customers in the store along with the employees.
Police were immediately able to obtain clear surveillance images showing a black male with a light complexion, described as being approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 190 pounds. Police said the male suspect also has acne scarring on his face. He was wearing a knit toboggan with a brim on it, black overcoat and a light-colored collared shirt underneath at the time of the robbery. The suspect description, as well as the details of the robbery, matched that of the other incidents.
Anyone with information about Bullock’s whereabouts is asked to call the Clinton Police at 910-592-3105. Citizens may also provide information using the anonymous texting service, CPD TIP411 by texting “tipcpd” and the tip to 847411.
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