High school student charged with robbery at Knightdale SECU branch

From staff reportsDecember 14, 2012 

Glenn Bernard Wilkins


— A 17-year-old high school student and a 15-year-old were arrested Thursday afternoon in connection with a late-morning holdup of a State Employees Credit Union branch at 809 N. Smithfield Road.

Police said Glenn Bernard Wilkins, whom they listed as a student at Knightdale High School, used a handgun to steal $2,930 from the bank.

They charged him with robbery with a dangerous weapon.

The 15-year-old was petitioned to the juvenile court system on a charge of being an accessory after the fact, Capt. Lawrence Capps said Friday.

Police took Wilkins into custody at his apartment at 1205 Aragon Drive at about 2 p.m., Capps said.

The robbery happened about 11 a.m.

“A lot of different things came together at the same time” to point police toward Wilkins, police said.

Surveillance video from the bank showed the robber leaving on foot, he said, and police were on the scene within minutes and were about to set up a perimeter to prevent anyone from going far, he said.

Wake County sheriff’s deputies helped, including sending K-9 units, Capps noted.

The other break police got was a citizen who called when he heard and saw police converging on the bank and said he had seen a youth running between some buildings while looking over his shoulder.

The juvenile came into the picture during the investigation, Capps said.

He said police were not looking for anyone else in connection with the holdup.

Wilkins’ bond was set at $200,000.

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