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Wilmington man convicted of bank robberies

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- More than two years after he pulled off two bank heists just days apart, a Wilmington man has been convicted of the crimes. A federal jury found Reggie Andre Beckton guilty of two counts of bank robbery.

On August 17, 2010, Beckton robbed the RBC Centura Bank in Wilmington. Prosecutors say he handed a teller a bag, demanded money and threatened to shoot the teller. Beckton made off with about $2,240.

Nine days later, Beckton robbed the New Bridge Bank in Wilmington. Investigators say in that heist he have a note to the teller that said, "Do what I tell you to do or die. Period. I have two guns and I will shoot you in the face if you act stupid or obvious..." The teller put about $689 in an envelope.

Beckton's father called police to report his son after seeing a surveillance photo on TV. The younger Beckton had been out of prison for just days before committing the crimes.

Prosecutors say a co-defendant involved in the second robbery testified against Beckton at trial. Bank employees at both banks picked Beckton out of lineups conducted after the robberies.

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