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Charges filed in connection with stolen SUV belonging to missing man

Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 6:54 AM EDT
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DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) - A Danville man has been charged in connection with a stolen SUV that belongs to a man missing from North Carolina.

Justin Merritt, 34, was taken into custody in Danville, charged with robbery, larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Mugshot of Justin Merritt
Mugshot of Justin Merritt(Danville PD)

39-year-old William “Andy” Banks was last reported seen around 2 p.m. Saturday near Cameron Village, according to Raleigh Police. Banks was supposed to meet someone in the K&W Cafeteria parking lot about selling his 2011 Silver Range Rover Sport, according to CBS17.

39-year-old William "Andy" Banks was last reported seen in Raleigh Saturday.
39-year-old William "Andy" Banks was last reported seen in Raleigh Saturday.(CBS17)

CBS17 said the restaurant is currently closed and cameras from nearby businesses point away from the parking lot.

The SUV was found in Danville Monday, leading to Merritt’s arrest.

A public information officer in Danville said its police department is assisting Raleigh Police Department any way it can. Leads provided by RPD have been followed up on, but Banks has not been located.

CBS17 said Monday the FBI confirmed agents are providing technical assistance to Raleigh police.

Anyone with information that might help locate Banks is asked to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP or visit raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options.

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