CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- For the fourth time in as many days, Charlotte police are investigating a bank robbery, the latest coming Friday afternoon in Dilworth.
Police said one gunshot was fired during the robbery at the PNC bank at 1000 East Boulevard around 2 p.m.
According to police, two black men wearing Jamaican-styled wigs and sunglasses entered the bank, stole the cash and then fired one shot as they left. Police located an empty car that the two men used to flee the scene a few blocks from the robbery.
There is no word yet if anyone was injured during the robbery, but a dye pack inside the cash bag exploded and was left behind at the scene.
This is the fourth bank robbery this week in the Charlotte area, but the first involving gunfire. The First Citizens Bank in Myers Park was robbed Thursday afternoon, while the BB&T was robbed in southwest Charlotte on Wednesday afternoon.
A Wells Fargo bank in the northeast part of the city near UNC Charlotte was robbed on Tuesday afternoon as well. Police arrested a man in connection to that robbery Thursday morning.
There have already been nearly 50 bank robberies in Charlotte thus far in 2012, compared to 30 total through the first three months of 2011 and 38 through the first three months of 2010.
The number of reported bank robberies has fallen statewide over the last five years. A total of 129 bank robberies were reported in North Carolina in 2011 compared to 263 in 2007.