Bank robber hits Blowing Rock bank on Valley Blvd., flees on foot

Bank robber hits Blowing Rock bank on Valley Blvd., flees on foot
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Robber grabs the loot.

By David Rogers. September 11, 2018. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Leaving a trail of paper currency fluttering to the ground as he fled on foot across the gravel parking lot south of Papa Joe’s restaurant Tuesday morning, witnesses said, a bank robber stole an undisclosed amount of cash from United Community Bank on Valley Blvd.

COVER IMAGE by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News. All others courtesy of Crimestoppers and Blowing Rock Police.

The robber entered the bank approximately 10:00 am and demanded money. After picking up what was given to him, he fled on foot.

As of 4:30 pm, Blowing Rock Police Captain Aaron Miller reported to Blowing Rock News that no suspects in the robbery had been apprehended, but that law enforcement officers from several area agencies were following up on two significant leads.

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The robber was described as a white male, but having a dark complexion and wearing a cowboy hat. Leaving the bank, he ran south, across the parking lot between Papa Joe’s and the daycare center, heading west across the storm drainage ditch that runs past those properties. We understand that for much of the day officers were going door-to-door in the Ransom Street neighborhood, even looking under crawl spaces.

According to one witness, who asked not to be identified, the bandit had a handgun stuffed in the front of his pants and at one point showed it, but never brandished it. From the video stills provided by Crimestoppers, the man’s shirt appears to be red with black or dark blue vertical stripes.  The woven straw hat has perforations around the entire crown’s top circumference and a dark-colored band around the base of the crown. From the photos, the middle-aged looking man wore blue denim jeans and white shoes.

Anyone with information on this crime or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 / 828-737-0125 or the Blowing Rock Police Department at 828-295-5210.  You may also submit a Crime Stoppers Tip via our website at or Text “NCTIP plus your tip” to 274637 (CRIMES).  All information will be kept confidential.

High Country Crime Stoppers pays rewards for information, which leads to arrests; recovery of stolen property; seizure of drugs and the location of wanted persons.


About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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