‘Ball Cap Bandit' wanted in 5 NC bank robberies captured in Texas

Melvin Williamson aka "Ball Cap Bandit" (WSOC photo)

A suspected bank robber who earned the nickname "Ball Cap Bandit" was captured in Texas, according to the Newton Police Department.

Melvin Williamson, 50, was arrested Wednesday after police said a tip sent them to Midland, Texas.

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Authorities said Williamson was wanted in connection with five bank robberies in North Carolina, including the BB&T on Highway 127 in Hickory and the First Citizens Bank on South College Street in Newton.

Police said Williamson ended up confessing to being behind six bank robberies in North Carolina.

FBI agents said in each robbery, he wore a ball cap.

Williamson said he was robbing banks to support his drug habit of cocaine and various other drugs, according to authorities. He told officers that when he ran out of money, he would rob a bank and use the money for drugs, police said.

Williamson is going through the extradition process in Texas before being returned to North Carolina to face charges.

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