Bank Robbery Suspect Caught

The suspect was caught Wednesday evening.


A man suspected of robbing the North Kingstown Bank Newport on Wednesday afternoon has been taken into custody following a joint effort from the North Kingstown and East Greenwich police departments.

According to a press release, North Kingstown detectives were able to deduce that Thomas N. Shellman of 30 Lang Drive in North Kingstown was the person who carried out the robbery at Bank Newport. Shellman allegedly entered the bank around 2 p.m. Wednesday and handed the teller a note demanding money. The teller (who was older than 60 years old, according to reports) complied and Shellman allegedly fled the scene toward Ten Rod Road.

Police were able to track down Shellman later that evening and found several bills on him that were traced back to the robbery. Additionally, a search warrant was issued on Shellman's house where detectives seized the overcoat and gray winter hat that Shellman was reportedly wearing during the robbery. Also at his home, detectives found additional cash as well as the note Shellman used in the crime.

Shellman is facing one count of first degree robbery and one count of receiving stolen goods. 

warren terry February 23, 2013 at 11:42 PM
Hey he might not be bright but he got the BALLS to do it
Dark star February 24, 2013 at 01:11 AM
A very fine line separates balls from stupidity. In this case he jumped over it with both feet!
Will Saunders February 28, 2013 at 02:46 AM
Tom is a HS friend of mine. He is not a violent person for one and two, Tom doesnt have that many priors. U am in no way sticking up for him. He broke the law and should be punished to the fullest. I know his family and wasnt raised to steal. I tried like hell to keep him out of trouble but I went right he went left. He has issues, we all do. Please keep your comments to yourself as his mom could read this.
Scott Madison February 28, 2013 at 01:53 PM
Well after reading the two defenders of this bank robbery felon all I can say is I have great faith in our education system.
greg sherman April 24, 2013 at 01:51 PM
yeah thats my boy tom


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