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from left: Christopher Jason McNeill & Dillon James Surrett

Suspects Wanted for Bank Robberies, Including an Attempted Lincoln Co. Robbery, Arrested

42-year-old Christopher Jason McNeill of Cary and 30-year-old Dillon James Surrett in Hendersonville have been arrested as the suspects involved in a string of bank robberies, including an attempted robbery in Denver, North Carolina. A U.S. Marshal’s Task Force and Police in Fredericksburg, Virginia arrested the two men in connection to crimes stretching from South Carolina to Virginia. They were taken into custody on July 21 in Fredericksburg.

According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, a suspect entered the Fifth Third Bank in Denver, went to the counter, and passed the teller a note demanding money. The suspect was not given any money. He fled the scene in a vehicle driven by an accomplice. Investigators learned that the same person was responsible for numerous robberies in North and South Carolina.

bank security photo of suspect in attempted robbery at Fifth Third Bank in Denver

Lincoln County Detectives, working with other jurisdictions and federal agencies, helped lead U.S. Marshals to the identification of Christopher Jason McNeill as the person who entered the Denver bank. McNeil is also charged with robberies in Lake City, S.C., Greenville, S.C., Southern Pines, N.C., and Colonial Heights, Virginia. In one of the robberies, the suspect dropped his billfold and identification behind a dumpster where he was changing clothes. According to authorities, Dillon James Surrett was the driver of the getaway car.

In Lincoln County, McNeill was charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and Surrett was charged with aiding & abetting. At least eight agencies are involved in the investigation. The suspects are being held in Virginia awaiting extradition to either North Carolina or South Carolina.