CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Kentucky-based trucker used a tractor-trailer as the getaway vehicle in the Feb. 1 robbery of BB&T's Patrick Street Plaza branch bank, Charleston police say.
Charleston police Lt. Steve Cooper said Thursday that William Douglas Young, 41, was arrested without incident late Wednesday in Louisville, Ky., by that city's police and the U.S. Marshals Service.
Police believe Young is the man who walked into the bank and handed a teller a handwritten note stating that he had a gun and was willing to use it before leaving the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. No weapon was seen during the holdup.
The robber initially was thought to have fled to the nearby Kanawha River bank, but police now allege that Young fled to the cab of his truck, which had been parked near the river in the vicinity of the Big Lots store, about 50 yards west of the BB&T branch.
Surveillance cameras inside the bank captured detailed images of the suspect, which were supplied to area newspapers and television stations. When the images triggered no good tips from the public, "we started to think that maybe the suspect was from out of town," Cooper said.
By reviewing video from surveillance cameras in and around the bank, Charleston police noticed that a tractor-trailer departed the vicinity of the bank at about the same time the robbery suspect fled from the crime scene.
Thinking that the driver of the truck might have seen an individual or a vehicle fleeing the holdup site, police on Wednesday contacted the trucking company, TSI Trucking of Louisville. Officials there were asked to check records to identify the driver for questioning as a possible witness, Cooper said
One of the trucking company's employees was curious and went online to review images of the robber posted by Charleston media outlets.
"The employee then called us to let us know their driver was the bank robber," Cooper said. "He was positively identified from the photos as being at the scene of the robbery."
Cooper said he did not know if any money or a weapon had been recovered after Young's arrest.
He said the FBI was checking into the possibility that Young could have been involved in similar crimes along his trucking routes.
Detectives James Duncan and A.W. Foster led the investigation leading to the arrest, Cooper said.
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