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Arrest made in latest Richmond area bank robbery

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Rodney E. Smith (Source: Richmond Police Public Affairs Unit) Rodney E. Smith (Source: Richmond Police Public Affairs Unit)
A man robbed the SunTrust bank at 1518 Hull Street. A man robbed the SunTrust bank at 1518 Hull Street.
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Richmond Police arrested a man Thursday in connection with the latest in a string of bank robberies in the area.

Police say 43-year-old Rodney E. Smith walked into the SunTrust bank at 1518 Hull St. around 10:30 a.m. Thursday, passed the teller a note demanding money and then ran off.

The Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested him at his home in the 2400 block of Brady Street at 2:20 Thursday afternoon.

The Southside bank robbery is just the latest in a string of bank robberies in Richmond and Henrico this week.

The crime comes a day after four banks were robbed in Richmond and Henrico. The Henrico robberies happened within the same hour. However, police haven't said if they're linked. Several of the suspects have different descriptions.

The series of robberies Wednesday began when a white man, 55 to 60 years old, walked in to the Gateway Bank on Richmond's Patterson Avenue at 10 a.m. The suspect, wearing a bucket hat and glasses, demanded money from a clerk. He didn't display a weapon, but walked away with money.

Later, a different man entered the Central Virginia Bank in Short Pump on Lauderdale Drive at 2:30 p.m. He passed the clerk a note and also got the money he demanded. The suspect appeared to be a light skinned, black male. He's said to be 40 to 50 years old and 6'0"-6'1" in height. The suspect took off on foot towards the shopping center across the street.

Fifteen minutes later, another suspect also passed a note to a teller, insisting on being given money, at the Assurance Federal Credit Union on Staples Mill Road. The clerk was able to get away from the desk area, and the suspect left empty-handed. This suspect was a heavy set, black male, about 6'0" and 30 to 40 years old. 

Next, a woman wearing an oversized, red sweatshirt and sunglasses struck at the SunTrust Bank on Glenside Drive at 3:30 p.m. She made off with money in a white Chrysler, according to witnesses. The woman is described as black, 5'5"-5'8," and weighing 150 to 160 pounds.

None of the suspects showed a weapon. However, three of the four did make off with money. Anyone who may have seen anything should call crime stoppers at 804-780-1000.

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