News Release: Greensboro Police Make Charges in 2017 Bank Robbery

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Greensboro Police Make Charges in 2017 Bank Robbery

GREENSBORO, NC (Sept. 11, 2019) – The Greensboro Police Department Robbery Squad has charged Ronnie Hiram Wessinger Jr., 46, of Gaffney, South Carolina in the November 17, 2017 robbery of the Bank of America located at 107 Muirs Chapel Rd. Greensboro, NC.

The Muirs Chapel Rd. robbery was the fourth in a series of multi-state armed bank robberies that occurred beginning in September 2017 in Durham, NC. The robberies continued until April 2, 2019 where Wessinger was taken into custody after a foiled bank robbery attempt in Benson, NC. www.johnstoniannews.com/stories/benson-bank-robbery-suspect-back-in-johnston-county,174280

As the series of robberies evolved Wessinger was nicknamed “The Chameleon Beard Bandit” as he often changed his appearance by coloring his beard. After Wessinger was arrested in April, Greensboro detectives began investigating and comparing evidence from the Benson, NC robbery attempt and the November 17, 2017 Greensboro, NC bank robbery. They were successfully able to connect Ronnie Wessinger, Jr. to the Bank of America robbery on Muirs Chapel Rd.

Henrico County Virginia Police, Roanoke Virginia Police, London Kentucky Police, Durham North Carolina Police, Longview, Texas Police Department and FBI offices in Greensboro and Richmond Virginia participated in the investigation.

The Greensboro Police Department Robbery Squad with the assistance of the FBI Piedmont Safe Streets Task Force is continuing the investigation before making a final determination as to how many unsolved bank robberies may be connected to Wessinger as well as a possible accomplice.

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Ronald Glenn
Public Information Officer
Greensboro Police Department
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Greensboro, NC 27402-3136
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Ronald.Glenn@greensboro-nc.gov

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