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Suspect on the run after robbery at South Boston bank

South Boston Police are searching for a lone black man who robbed the downtown Carter Bank & Trust just before noon Saturday.

No one was hurt when the African-American suspect entered the bank on Main Street in South Boston, presented a note to the teller and demanded money.

“The teller was a bit shaken though,” said Capt. B.K. Lovelace who added, “He was not armed, and no weapon was displayed in the course of the robbery.”

The suspect fled the scene on foot from the back door of the bank with an undisclosed amount of currency.

The bank robbery suspect is described as a man in his 30s, between 5 foot 7 inches to 5 foot 10 inches tall, of medium build and weighing approximately 150 pounds.

He was reported to have short afro-style hair.

Witnesses who were attending the Boys and Girls Club Talent in the Square event at Constitution Square told authorities the man was wearing a black shirt, jean shorts and sunglasses, Lovelace said.

They told authorities he ran out of the back of the bank toward Arch Street.

A Halifax County Sheriff’s Office K-9 tracking dog, Reggie, picked up the man’s trail and followed him to Arch Street, where he lost the scent, Lovelace said, adding he may have gotten into a vehicle on Arch Street.

Bank video of the robbery suspect has been sent to the lab for processing, Lovelace said, and will be distributed to the public.

Meanwhile, South Boston Police Officers and Halifax County Sheriff’s Deputies are continuing to search for the lone suspect.

As part of the investigation, Lovelace said, police will be contacting authorities in nearby Mecklenburg County concerning a recent bank robbery that occurred in Clarksville to compare photographs of the suspect.

“We’re not sure if the two may be connected, but that will be part of our continuing investigation,” Lovelace said.

In addition to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office who assisted in attempting to track the suspect, Lovelace said the South Boston Police Department has contacted the FBI and will keep them apprised of any future developments in the case as they continue the investigation.

Anyone with information about this bank robbery is asked to contact the lead agency handling the investigation, the South Boston Police Department, at 434-575-4273 or the Halifax County Crime Line at 434-476-8445.

A bank official said over the weekend the bank would reopen Monday at regular bank hours.