FBI: Suspected ‘Ball Cap Bandit’ And Former Deputy Arrested By Albemarle Police

ALBEMARLE, NC — Albemarle Police have arrested a former deputy accused of robbing a credit union on March 25th. The FBI says the suspect is also believed to be a serial bank robber known as the ‘Ball Cap Bandit.’

Officials say Joshua McHone, 35, of Gold Hill, NC is charged with robbing the North Carolina State Employees Credit Union on NC 24/27 Bypass West. He is believed to be responsible for several robberies across Albemarle, Charlotte and Concord.

According to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, McHone served as a deputy from May 22, 2006 to May 10, 2013. Officials say he was fired from the RCSO on May 13, 2013.

McHone is believed to be responsible for the following crimes:

  • On March 11th, 2019, the suspect robbed the Wells Fargo located at 13715 Conlan Circle, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • On March 25th, the suspect robbed the Employees Credit Union located at North Carolina Highway 24/27 Bypass West, in Albemarle, North Carolina.
  • On April 8th, 2019, the suspect is believed to be responsible for a robbery at the BB&T located at 5145 Poplar Tent Road, in Concord, North Carolina.

Authorities say the suspect in each robbery was described as a white male with a thin build, brown hair, facial hair and wearing a baseball hat. He did not show a weapon in any of the robberies, officials say, but told bank tellers that he had one.

Police say the arrest was made thanks to a joint investigation between the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Lexington Police Department, CMPD, Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, Locust Police Department, Concord Police Department, Aberdeen Police Department, Davidson County Sheriff’s Office and Forsyth County Sheriff Office.

This is an ongoing investigation. McHone is scheduled to appear in court on June 10th.

The following surveillance video from the Charlotte Wells Fargo robbery was previously released by the FBI.