Bank robbery suspect in custody

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By April Wright, Reporter

The man accused of robbing First Citizens Bank branches in Galax and Roanoke in January and a SunTrust Bank in Bedford County this month is now behind bars.

William Myrl Smitherman, 19, of Clemmons, N.C., was arrested last Thursday in Forsyth County, N.C., and is being held as a fugitive from justice.

He was taken into custody by a Forsyth County deputy sheriff after a warrant charging Smitherman with robbery was obtained by Galax Police Detective J.B. Greer.

Greer and Detective Robbie Isom were able to develop investigative leads in the case that resulted in the warrant being issued.

Galax Police Chief Rick Clark said the security camera photos of Smitherman were well circulated throughout the region. on Thursday, Greer received a phone call from a person who recognized the man in the photo as being Smitherman.

The police department then obtained a copy of Smitherman's driver's license.

Greer, Isom and Captain James Cox traveled to Forsyth County and were in Winston-Salem, N.C., when Smitherman was taken into custody.

Clark said the department recovered evidence, including Smitherman's clothing and money that is believed to have been taken from the banks.

Clark would could not say how much money had been stolen.

Detectives from the three Virginia jurisdictions have worked together on solving the bank robberies, Clark said.

Smitherman is being held in the Forsyth County Jail pending his extradition to Virginia to face charges.