An Alexandria City man suspected of robbing three TD Bank locations a total of seven times was arrested Saturday, according to police.
Alexandria City Police have charged Carlton Thorne, 48, with robbery in connection with a Sept. 23 robbery at a TD Bank located at 557 South Van Dorn St. in Alexandria.
“His arrest was the result of good police work,” said police spokesperson Ashley Hildebrandt. “Aside from that, we are not disclosing additional details about the method of his capture.”
Fairfax County detectives have also obtained three warrants charging Thorne with additional bank robberies that occurred in Fairfax County and say further charges may be forthcoming.
“We believe this suspect to be the ‘Beacon Hill Bandit,’” said Fairfax County Police spokesman Don Gotthardt.
The Beacon Hill Bandit, as he has come to be known, is wanted by the FBI for five bank robberies that occurred at a TD bank location in the Beacon Hill Shopping Center in Hybla Valley, beginning in March 2010.
The last robbery there occurred on Oct. 4.
Police said that day at 12;30 p.m., the man entered the bank located at 6615 Richmond Highway and demanded money, as he is suspected of doing five times before. Police said the bank teller complied and the bandit fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.
One week later, on Oct. 11, Fairfax County police said the man attempted to rob the TD Bank located at 7209 Little River Turnpike. There, around 4:30 p.m. police said a man fitting the suspect’s description entered the bank and passed the 31-year-old teller a note demanding money. The teller was unable to give him cash, so he then fled the bank.
There were no injuries reported in any of the seven robberies.
The FBI’s Washington Field Office had been offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that led to the man’s identification, arrest and conviction. FBI spokeswoman Lindsay Godwin said Tuesday that Thorne’s arrest was the result of a tip received by authorities, but said the FBI has not yet determined whether Thorne will be prosecuted federally.
“There are currently no federal charges yet,” she said. “But that may change.”
Hidebrandt said Thorne is believed to have worked alone and did not have any accomplices.
“Police are not looking at anyone else,” she said.
Thorne is currently being held in the Alexandria Detention Center. No attorney information is yet available in court records.