Davidson County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Athey Arrested Tuesday Afternoon for Allegedly Robbing the F&M Bank on W. Main in Rockwell

Posted on February 6, 2018

RFP Staff

♦ According to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office and Rockwell Police Department sources Davidson County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeffrey Dean Athey, 51, of 140 Knotty Pine Road in Salisbury was arrested this afternoon at 4 p.m. for allegedly robbing the F&M Bank at 418 W. Main Street in Rockwell, N.C. a half hour earlier.  Athey was taken into custody near the intersection of U.S. Hwy 52 and Crescent Road within minutes of the 911 Dispatch.  It is reported that he surrendered without resistance.

Athey allegedly walked into the bank and allegedly drew a Glock 42 semi-automatic on a bank clerk and said he needed $1,000. Athey left the bank in a silver Ford Mustang and drove West on W. Main Street.

Jeffrey Dean Athey:

Charges Jeffrey Dean Athey:

According to sources Athey was employed at the time of the robbery by the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office and was scheduled for duty later today.  Athey was terminated today by the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office. He worked a number of years for the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office with a stint with a security company Afghanistan. In December Athey worked part-time security for the bank.

In his first court appearance on Wednesday Judge Kevin Eddinger advised Athey he could face up to 17 years in prison if convicted.  In the future he will be represented by court appointed attorney Darrin D. Jordan.

Suspected Bank Robber Jeffrey Athey in custody:

The $1,000 stolen today was recovered.  No injuries were reported at either the bank or during the arrest.

Under a secured $500,000 bond, Athey is being held in the Rowan County Detention Center.

The Rockwell Police department was assisted by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, and the Granite Quarry Police Department.

The F&M Bank, 418 W. Main Street, Rockwell, N.C.:

Location F&M Bank, 418 W. Main Street, Rockwell, N.C.:

**This article will be updated as more information becomes available.**

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