Authorities hunt for 4 masked armed bank robbers

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Photos: Lumberton Police Dept. 

The Lumberton Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying and/or locating four armed bank robbery suspects. 

Police said around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23 four heavily armed suspects robbed the PNC bank located at 707 North Chestnut Street in Lumberton. Thankfully, no one at the bank was injured. 

The four suspects were able to escape with an undisclosed amount of money. 

Immediately following the robbery responding officers spotted the four suspects fleeing the area in a Grey Saturn car. Officers pursued the vehicle out of city limits. During the case, the suspects fired at officers multiple times. 

The suspects stopped their vehicle, fired additional shots at officers and exited the vehicle in different spots along Old Whiteville Road in both Robeson and Columbus Counties. One officer returned fire, it is unknown if any robbers were hit by gunfire. No officers were hurt. 

The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Fayetteville Police Department, New Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, and the FBI are assisting in the ongoing manhunt.   

The suspects are still at large at this time. All four suspects appear in the surveillance photos to be white men. However, police said each suspect wore full head masks and wore long sleeve shirts, so their races are undetermined at this time. 

The men should be considered 'armed and dangerous.' Additional law enforcement resources are arriving in Lumberton to expand the search for these suspects. If you see anything suspicious or recognize these suspects, you're asked to call 911 or the Lumberton Police Department at (910) 671-3846.