Like it or not, news outlets in the Roanoke and New River valleys (including this newspaper) to a large extent depend upon area police agencies in terms of informing the public about crime in surrounding communities.
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And that’s a big deal because — aside from obituaries and impending bad weather — news items about crimes are frequently among the best-read articles by readers. People want to know that stuff.
This brings us to an odd situation that occurred in Roanoke last week surrounding two bank robberies. One occurred Thursday at Carter Bank & Trust on Ninth Street in Southeast Roanoke. The other happened Friday at Freedom First Credit Union on Patterson Avenue in Southwest Roanoke.