On Monday, March 9, 2015, Cornelius Police were contacted by the Texas Department of Public Safety in Wichita Falls, Texas in reference to the arrest of Benoit Constant, the second suspect in the December 29, 2014 armed robbery at the Carolinas Telco Federal Credit Union..
Constant was stopped during a routine traffic stop in Wichita Falls on Sunday, March 8th. He initially gave the Trooper a false name, then confessed to being wanted out of North Carolina. During the traffic stop, Constant attempted to flee on foot from the Trooper but was apprehended. Constant is being charged by the Texas Department of Public Safety for Failure to Identify Fugitive Intent to Give False Info and Evading Arrest. Constant is awaiting an extradition hearing to return to North Carolina where he will be charged with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and Making a False Bomb Report.
On December 29th the Cornelius Police Department responded to an armed robbery at the Carolinas Telco Federal Credit Union, 20221 West Catawba Avenue. The suspect, wearing a disguise, pointed a handgun at the teller then obtained money and left on foot. Responding officers located a bicycle and a sum of cash behind a shopping center nearby, and witnesses said a silver minivan had been parked in that area.
Prior to this robbery, Cornelius Police responded to a bomb threat at the YMCA on the east side of Town. Police suspected this bomb threat was a diversion to pull police officers away from the area of the robbery. Police used video surveillance footage to locate a minivan in the area of the bomb threat matching the same description of the vehicle the witness described as seen parked behind the shopping center where the cash and bicycle were found. This same vehicle was also found in the area of the bank at the time of the robbery. The license plate of this minivan was captured through surveillance video and was registered in Delaware. From this information Cornelius Police, with the assistance of the Maryland State Police and the FBI, located and detained the vehicle and a suspect, Milandra Constant, an accomplice in the robbery. She was charged with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and Making a False Bomb Report.
During the search of the minivan in Maryland, Detectives located the bag and mask seen in the Carolinas Telco Surveillance videos.
Cornelius Police are continuing to investigate Benoit and Milandra Constant to see if they are linked to other bank robberies across the country.