ROCKINGHAM — A Romanian man is accused of walking away from a bank with more than $1,000.
Investigators with the Rockingham Police Department say 31-year-old Nicolae Muntean entered Capital Bank, on the corner of East Washington and Hancock streets, between 11 and 11:45 Monday morning, attempting to exchange currency to smaller denominations.
While the currency was being distributed, police say Muntean took the money from the counter without using a weapon or threatening the teller — who allegedly tried to stop the suspect by yelling at him — and left in a grey van, heading in an unknown direction.
Police did not say whether or not it was all American currency or if he was exchanging foreign currency.
Several Rockingham police officers were walking around the downtown area, stopping in local businesses asking if they had cameras facing Harrington Square when the investigation began.
About two hours later, investigators say Muntean was apprehended by police in Bennettsville, South Carolina, allegedly attempting to exchange currency at a bank there.
Rockingham detectives went to Bennettsville to interview the suspect, who investigators say claims to be in the United States seeking refuge.
Police say the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation have been notified.
Muntean was brought back to Rockingham and booked into the Richmond County Jail, charged with one count of felony larceny, under a $25,000 secured bond. He was bailed out before 2 p.m. Tuesday and is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 10.
Investigators say he is not being charged by the Bennettsville Police Department.
Online records with the N.C. Court System and N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Muntean has no other pending charges or criminal convictions in the state.
All defendants facing criminal charges are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Reach William R. Toler at 910-817-2675.