YORK -- A Charlotte man has been arrested in connection with a York bank robbery, police said.
Larry Michael Copeland, 24, was charged with armed robbery, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and conspiracy in the armed robbery of Bank of York in March, according to arrest warrants.
"He just said he wanted to get things he'd never had in his life," said Lt. Sarah Robbins of the York Police Department.
Copeland also faces charges in connection with two North Carolina bank robberies.
Meanwhile, York authorities have issued multiple arrest warrants for Copeland's cousin, Donald Gerard Oleary, 30, for his alleged role in the robbery.
Oleary, also of Charlotte, faces armed robbery, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and conspiracy charges, according to warrants.
Armed robbery, a felony charge, could carry up to a 30-year jail sentence, Robbins said.
The charges against the pair stem from an armed robbery March 7 at Bank of York. Police said the two men entered the bank dressed in suit jackets and slacks.
"They were out riding around looking and happened to see the bank," Mobley said. "They came by one day and cased it and came back the next day and robbed it."
Since that robbery, York police, with help from other agencies, linked the men to robberies in Greensboro, N.C., and Forest City, N.C., Police Chief Bill Mobley said.
"They weren't dressed the same," Mobley said. "We compared information we received as well as bank surveillance (video) tape to identify them."
More than $30,000 was taken in the three robberies, Mobley said. Officials declined to say how much money was stolen from Bank of York.
Last Thursday, Copeland and Oleary were passengers in a car stopped for a traffic violation in Charlotte, Robbins said. Oleary, who faced a drug-related charge, was released on bond before police realized he was wanted in York. Copeland was transferred to Greensboro and remains in custody in North Carolina, Robbins said. Both have ties to Rock Hill, she said.
Anyone with information on Oleary is asked to call the York Police Department at 684-4141 or CrimeStoppers of York County at 1-877-409-4321.