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. 

Politics Sheriff of NK February 21, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Great Job NK and EG PD
Scott Madison February 21, 2013 at 11:05 PM
HaHaHaHa What a dope. The genius lives a stones throw away on Lang drive, right down the road from the bank. Guess he didn't plan his out too well. At least get off your lazy butt and rob a bank a few towns away from where you live! Throw the book a him judge!!!
Tired of Tired February 22, 2013 at 12:23 AM
What does the tellers age got to do with it unless it is considered a crime on a senior citizen. This was not mentioned in the story.
Samantha Turner (Editor) February 22, 2013 at 12:44 AM
Tired, As I understand it, the age of the teller impacts the severity of the charges. When the victim of such an offense is over 60, the punishment is typically more severe.
Chuck Brennan February 22, 2013 at 03:15 AM
Quick work by both departments. Sam you are correct on the age being an upgraded charge in some cases. This guy is 30 and I just looked on line to see he now has 19 arrests.
Politics Sheriff of NK February 22, 2013 at 04:05 AM
Sadly, all too many quick checks like that Chuck reveal the same backstory - too many priors. A result of the RI Catch-N-Release justice system!
Tired of Tired February 22, 2013 at 01:04 PM
Thanks, Sam. How many arrests before the courts recognize a problem here? Maybe this time this Mensa student will spend a few years at Steel Bar University.
NK Parent February 22, 2013 at 02:55 PM
19 arrests? How does one have 19 arrests and still be given free reign to terrorize senior citizens and rob local banks? I hope the RI judicial system realizes the error of their past judgements with this infraction and throws the book at him.
Stanley Martin February 22, 2013 at 03:29 PM
In two weeks when he is out and rapes someone or stabs a family while breaking into a home will we realize how bad our system sucks...
warren terry February 23, 2013 at 04:08 AM
That's my boii tom keep your head upp broo
Stanley Martin February 23, 2013 at 10:36 PM
Hey Warren your BOII isn't that bright!!!
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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