SANFORD — A mother and her daughter in Harnett County were kidnapped from their home this morning and taken to a bank in Sanford, where the mother was forced to try to rob the bank where she works.
The pair are now safe, but law enforcement officers are still trying to locate the two men.
As the daughter let the family dog out at about 6:55 a.m., two men wearing masks and gloves entered the home on Hillman Grove Road in Cameron, according to the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office. One of the men told the mother they knew she worked at a bank and that she arrived at work around 8 a.m. Sheriff’s investigators said one of the men was armed with a handgun.
The mother and daughter, whose identities have not been released, were forced into a blue Honda Civic and driven to Crescent State Bank on Spring Lane in Stanford. The men instructed the woman to enter the bank and retrieve an undisclosed amount of money.
The daughter was forced to remain inside the car with the men. After the woman entered the bank, the men drove off with her daughter in the car, according to the sheriff’s office.
No money was removed from the bank, according to the sheriff’s office.
The incident was reported to Sanford police at about 8:21 a.m.
The girl, who is under 18, was located by Sanford police off U.S. 15-501 at the entrance to Steel and Pipe Corporation. She was not harmed, the sheriff’s office said.
Deputies describe one of the men as black, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a slender build, weighing between 160 to 170 pounds. The other man is described as black, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall with a stocky build, weighing about 170 pounds. Investigators have not provided other details, such as the approximate age of the men or their hair styles.
Investigators ask anyone with any information to contact the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office at 910-893-9111.
The North Carolina Bankers Association, which includes the bank where the attempted robbery occurred, is offering a reward of an undisclosed amount for information that leads to the arrest and charge of anyone who is responsible for the attempted robbery.
To contact the FBI about the bank robbery, call 1-800-209-2293. Tips may also be submitted through the website www.ncbankrobbers.com.