A Raleigh man police think robbed a bank in Garner last month has been arrested in New Hampshire.
Jamie Truette Smith, 28, was arrested in Lebanon, N.H., after Garner police told authorities that a man wanted for a bank robbery might be staying at an apartment there. Lebanon police say that when they arrested Smith, they found evidence of a simple methamphetamine operation in the apartment.
Garner police think Smith is responsible for the Jan. 18 robbery of the Four Oaks Bank at 1408 Garner Station Road. He faces charges of common law robbery.
It’s not clear how Garner police tracked Smith to New Hampshire. They contacted Lebanon police on Friday, and at 10:15 p.m. that night officers found Smith in an apartment with a 28-year-old Vermont woman who was wanted for failing to appear in court.
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While arresting the couple, Lebanon officers “observed elements of a one-pot” meth lab inside the apartment, according to a police department press release. They think a portion of the “cooked” meth had been dumped into a toilet during, or just prior, to their arrival, and officers ordered residents in surrounding apartments to evacuate until authorities could assure them it was safe.
Lebanon police charged Smith with being a fugitive from justice. He is being held in New Hampshire’s Grafton County House of Corrections awaiting extradition back to Wake County.