Joshua Wayne McHone

Joshua Wayne McHone, 35, of Gold Hill.

The Albemarle Police Department has charged a former Rowan County deputy in connection to a bank robbery, according to a news release.

Joshua Wayne McHone, 35, of Gold Hill, was charged Thursday with armed robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to Assistant Chief of Police Jesse Huneycutt. He added that McHone is believed to be a suspect in other bank robberies, but did not specify which ones. McHone’s bond was not readily available.

The release stated APD reported a robbery of the State Employees Credit Union at 1600 NC 24/27 Bypass West on March 25. Authorities described the suspect as a white male wearing a camouflage, hooded, Under Armor, pullover sweatshirt, blue jeans and a dark-colored John Deere ball cap.

The suspect reportedly entered the bank and demanded money, police said.

Albemarle Police said it partnered with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Lexington, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Locust, Concord and Aberdeen police departments and the Rowan, Davidson and Forsyth county sheriff’s offices to help identify the suspect.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said McHone served with the agency from May 22, 2006 until May 10, 2013, and that his employment was terminated three days later. It declined to give a reason for his termination.

APD said McHone is being held at the Davidson County Jail, and is scheduled to appear in court June 10.

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