Cary police charge man with robbing Fifth Third bank branch

akenney@newsobserver.comSeptember 11, 2013 

— A 23-year-old man accused of robbing a Cary bank on Tuesday claims online to be an Eagle Scout who has studied chemical engineering at N.C. State University.

Andrew Bajerski, of 209 Murray Glen Drive in Cary, was charged with felony armed robbery after police say he stole money from the Fifth Third Bank at 7210 Tryon Road shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday.

“He slid a note asking for the money, implying that he had a weapon,” said Cary police Capt. Don Hamilton. “They slid him the money.”

Police doubt that Bajerski actually had a weapon, partly because police haven’t found one, Hamilton said.

No customers were in the bank at the time, and no injuries were reported. It’s unclear how much money was stolen.

Images from security footage at the bank helped lead police to Bajerski, according to the town of Cary.

Bajerski once was an International Baccalaureate student at Enloe High School in Raleigh, according to a LinkedIn profile that matches his name and identifying details. The profile describes Bajerski as “an engineer at heart” with leadership skills and a strong work ethic.

He was set to graduate from N.C. State University in the fall of 2012, according to the website. He told police he is now in his senior year.

Bajerski told police that he works in landscaping but did not name a company, according to police reports.

Bajerski’s previous criminal record includes a pending charge of driving while impaired; a guilty verdict in an attempted breaking and entering of a vehicle; a pending charge of intoxicated and disruptive behavior; and a charge of underage drinking, according to records.

Police did not test Bajerski for drugs or alcohol when they arrested him, but “we think there was a chance he was under the influence of drugs,” Hamilton said. Based on “his actions, the statements made – that could have been the result of drugs.”

Bajerski’s family could not be reached for comment. He was jailed at the Wake County detention center in lieu of $300,000 bail.

Kenney: 919-460-2608; Twitter: @KenneyNC

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