Editor's note: This story has been updated to include more information pertaining to the armed robbery investigation.
A Swansboro man currently being held in the Craven County Detention Center has been arrested in connection with a Jacksonville armed robbery.
Christopher Bryan Shingleton, 42, of Swansboro is charged by the Jacksonville Police Department with robbery with a dangerous weapon.
JPD responded to a report of an armed robbery at First Citizens Bank on Western Boulevard around 4 p.m. on June 13 and determined a masked man handed a note to a bank teller, then left in an unknown direction of travel, according to a press release from the police department Tuesday morning. No one was injured in the incident.
According to JPD Capt. Mike Capps, Shingleton is accused of stealing $1,244 from the bank, and while no weapon was displayed during the robbery "the teller was informed by the suspect that he had one," Capps wrote in an email to The Daily News. Shingleton allegedly claimed to have a gun on him, though nothing specific was mentioned, Capps added.
By N.C. Statute, a person can be charged with armed robbery if they have a weapon in their possession or if they threaten the use of any firearm or other dangerous weapon.
Capps wrote he is unable to comment on what was written in the note handed to the teller as it's part of the ongoing investigation at this time.
Shingleton is currently in the custody of Craven County on similar charges in an unrelated case.
"Shingleton will be served on robbery warrants related to the bank heist in Jacksonville," according to the release.
His bond will be determined at his first court appearance for the charges, according to the release.
JPD has been working with Havelock and Morehead City police departments as well as the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation. In the release Capps thanked the media and the public for their assistance with the case and is quoted as saying broadcasting and social networking "directly led to the identification of the suspect."
Anyone with additional information about the suspect or incident is asked to call JPD Detective Jason Griess at email@example.com at 910-455-4000 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-6413. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information determined to be of value to law enforcement. Callers to Crime Stoppers are not required to reveal their identities. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES).