A Salem man has been charged with committing three bank robberies in Roanoke over the past two months.
Benjamin David Chastang was indicted Monday by a Roanoke grand jury on four counts of robbery and one count of attempted robbery.
Police spokesman Scott Leamon said those charges are related to a Dec. 12 robbery at a BB&T Bank on Electric Road, a Dec. 27 robbery at the McClanahan Street branch of SunTrust Bank, and a Jan. 30 robbery at the BNC Bank on Virginia 419 near LewisGale Medical Center.
Few details were released about the first robbery, but in the second and third, a male suspect showed a handgun and fled with cash.
Two days after the BNC robbery, on Feb. 1, Roanoke County police arrested Chastang, 35, at a residence on Montvue Road in Salem.
According to a search warrant filed in Roanoke Circuit Court, investigators found clothing that was similar to what was worn by the suspect in the bank robberies. They also found a gun that resembled the weapon used in the robberies, which was photographed by security cameras.
Detectives have seized Chastang’s cellphone for additional information, the search warrant said.
Chastang was also charged in Roanoke County with possessing a firearm as a felon. He was previously convicted in Roanoke in 2003 on felony charges of distributing cocaine and attempting to distribute cocaine.
He is also due in Roanoke County Circuit Court on Feb. 23 to answer a January 2016 charge of strangulation.