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Bank robbery suspects arrested

Published 9:06am Monday, January 6, 2014

FRANKLIN—Two individuals have been arrested in connection with Friday’s armed robbery of SunTrust Bank in downtown Franklin. Shane Irvin Bradshaw, 26, of Courtland and Phillip Louis Doughtie, 23, of Franklin were arrested and taken into custody. Both were remanded to Western Tidewater Regional Jail where they are being held without bond.

Phillip Doughtie
Phillip Doughtie
Shane Bradshaw
Shane Bradshaw

Bradshaw faces charges including armed bank robbery, possession of a firearm by a violent convicted felon, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, wearing a mask in public, grand larceny, conspire with another to commit bank robbery and 13 counts of abduction.

Charges against Doughtie include armed bank robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, wearing a mask in public, grand larceny, conspire with another to commit bank robbery, solicitation to commit bank robbery and 13 counts of abduction.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Virginia State Police and the Southampton County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation and apprehension of the suspects.

  • hometown_long ago

    Some things never change…..These two shouldn’t have been on the streets to begin with……Part of the issue is the families always bailing out the suspects……seems like every time one would in trouble the family would do jump through hoops to get him off…..no lesson ever learned…….

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  • Va Native American

    Say what you want; have sympathy for the families of these two “boys.” The fact of the matter is that innocent people in that bank were terrorized and had to go through an ordeal that I’ll bet none of you would want to experience. Furthermore, the two “boys” were well over 21, and had been given more than second chances to get their lives straight and chose to continue a career of crime over and over again without any regard to the safety of others and to the hard earned money of working people in our community. I find it puzzling why they were even allowed back out on the streets only to be given a opportunity to once again commit such a heinous crime. Somehow, I believe justice will be served this time and these 2 low-lifes will get the time they deserve(which should be life in prison.) If not, this cycle will continue and they or some innocent victim will most likely be hurt or even worst, killed.

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  • Lovinlife

    Smoke 14 — I’m mot sure who ratted out is referring to but my son is getting married Saturday to a very nice girl and I can assure you it is not him. If folks would read the article from wavy 10, they would see there were several calls from people. My son has straightened his life out with his strong will of wanting to change and with the help of God. It hasn’t been an easy journey and it saddens me that some people can’t be happy for people that change their lives around.

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    • simplifyingit

      Was he involved? did they come brag to him? I hope he has changed but if he was still “chilling” with these two no-goods leads me to believe he might be pulling the wool over someone’s eyes. Like a poster stated below……you lay with dogs, you get fleas. Was your son hanging round the kennels?

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      • Lovinlife

        Thankfully he was not involved with these two guys at all. One of the first steps you have to take is not to hang around or have any contact with people in your past. And I agree 100, if you lie down with dogs, you’re gonna get fleas!! Trust me he has gotten fleas in the past but not this time……

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  • smoke14

    To kmtu & vanity. Good for you. One of these 2 men had been given anything in this world he wanted. Nothing really mattered to him. He should not have been on the streets anyway. He has charges pending in Portsmouth for stealing. If he was already on probation and was charge with felony stealing how did he get bond in the first place.

    Ratted out, I sure hope it was not the person I heard it was as he is getting ready to get married to a very nice girl.

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    • smoke14

      Lovinlife, So glad to hear you son has changed! God is Good. I really bothered me when I had heard the rumor. Much happiness to him and his bride to be. What a shame the two involved in the robbery did not think to seek God and turn away from crime.

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      • Lovinlife

        Thank you Smoke 14. I’m very proud of my son but as he says every day is a challenge. I wish there were more people that could realize people can change instead of spreading rumors. But that’s where you see who your true friends are..)

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  • kmtu

    @Vanity AMEN! You are dead on!! I too am shocked at the displacement of “sympathy” or “concern” these 2 GROWN MEN are receiving along with their families. The “support” for these 2 is shocking to say the least. Yes, everyone can say they feel sorry for the families but I agree – it shouldn’t have come as a BIG surprise. Both these men have been in trouble and in and out of jail/prison since they were young OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER again. People should feeling sympathy and concern for those 13 people in that bank and thank God they were not in there at the time. One thing I am sure of this go round is we won’t have to worry about them anymore. I truly believe they will be given the maximum amount of time the law will allow. If I feel anything it’s that maybe they will be in prison close enough for their family to visit, because they will both be old men by the time they are released.

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  • vanity

    Wow! Unbelievable! Two adult, violent and convicted felons plotted, planned and carried out a bank robbery and only one comment was concerned about the “real victims” which included bank patrons, employees and their respective families. I agree that the criminal’s families need prayer as well but, the victims in this horrendous and violent crime should have been at the top of everybody’s list. I sincerely pray for the victims who were frightened and did not know whether they would be killed or if they would ever see their families again. That is where my compassion and concern are. The comments were praying for the criminal’s families as if they were victimized, hurt or killed. We do not know what our children/grandchildren will do but, these families should not have been shocked or surprised. Such nice “Boys” one comment said. Nice boys don’t wear masks and bring a gun to conduct business at the local bank. News flash! The article distinctly detailed the “Boys” ages were 23 and 26. THESE ARE MEN! Did anyone ever think about real “Boys” aged 18 who could not/can not even drink legally have been fighting and protecting our country for years? No one wakes up in the morning and decides to rob a bank. Oh yes, this is exactly what happened here. They did wake up whether it was in the morning, evening or whatever time it was when they got up and decided to do just that and to rob that particular bank. A job well done to the police departments, FBI and any law enforcement agencies that were involved. Thank you for keeping us safe and for removing these thugs off the street. It is time to pay the piper “Boys” and the music you hear will not be as sweet.

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    • chilimac72

      Because it means so much to show your support with an anonymous post. Amazed at how many people believe that their “sympathies and prayers” stated on a message board proves their earthy value. Pathetic.

      “I will pray for you” can be translated into “I will do nothing but want you to believe that I care”.

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  • Mr. M

    Lessons to be learned: 1.Don’t rob a bank where you live.
    2. Google maps doesn’t show any good escape routes. Too many traffic lights and pedestrians are in that area. 3. Put a belt on. 4. If they went to Franklin City Public Schools, it SHOWS!!!

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    • chilimac72

      1. How about, “don’t rob a bank”?
      2. Good to see you analyzed this…
      3. He had one on, it was one of the items used to identify him.
      4. Good try, both were drop-outs, one from SoCo School System the other from Franklin.

      Did you attend Franklin Schools? It shows!

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      • Mr. M

        Chilimac72,

        You seem to be taking the comments left on this article personal. It seems that maybe you are related or personally know these 2 pieces of trash. Don’t get mad at the comments that people post when degenerate fools have every opportunity to make something of themselves and don’t.

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  • RWH

    Life is full of choices we make every day. Difference is most of us don’t wake up in the morning planning on robbing a bank or committing other types of crimes. These two deserve no more sympathy than any other thug criminals. If your going to be stupid, you better be tough.

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  • djj1986

    Its a shame,those boys were so young…

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  • 870magnum

    My comment should have said there is no other way to look at it. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this especially the families of the suspects and the people in the bank.

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  • 870magnum

    Both suspects have had many opportunities to do better and they refuse to do so. I am very sorry for their families and I am also sorry for the people that were terrorized in that bank. It’s now time for the judicial system to do the right thing and put them away for good. They are threats to society and there is no other to look at it. As sad as this is thank God no one got hurt.

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  • JOHN

    Hopefully the justice system will work this time. Both these boys have a long violent history and deserve what they get.

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  • handkusp45

    I have nothing but sympathy for these two families. This has to be heartbreaking. I pray they get through this alright. Good work by all the police and FBI agents involved. Hopefully this time these two will be put away so they can’t do this again. Usually people who insist on breaking the law end up hurting someone. Lock them up and keep them off the street.

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  • franklinsince50

    My thoughts and prayers are with the families of these two young men. You never know what your children and grandchildren will do.

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  • employee2

    Both of these guys were convicted felons. Sad they returned to that way of life.

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  • chilimac72

    What I think is funny is look at the WAVY article on this topic. They were completely ratted out by their “friends”. People on there saying “I knew it was Shane, that is why I called”.

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    • Really

      Ratted out? I call that civic responsibility. Far too many people protecting thugs these days and then want to complain about crime.

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      • channel666

        @Really: Ratted out and civic responsibility are 2 different things. If I as a law abiding citizen see a bank being robbed and can help identify the suspects then yes that is my civic responsibility BUT on the other hand if I as a convicted felon am facing charges of my own and am awaiting trial take upon myself to “rat” out a supposed friend of mine so I am can get my time reduced? REALLY?????? I am glad these 2 suspects were caught but do not like the person that “ratted these two out!

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    • chilimac72

      You took my statement out of context. “Ratted” was just easier than saying “identified the suspects by visual recognition”.

      Troll!

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      • channel666

        @chilimac72: To the best of my knowledge they were not recognized…The person that identified them is facing charges of his own and told on them to get his own charges either reduced or dropped, that person isn’t any better than the 2!!

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      • Really

        Troll this!

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    • chilimac72

      Go to the WAVY articles. There were many calls that identified them. The one they can use (calls are kept private) in the news is the fellow crook.

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    • broman

      If you lie down with dogs, you’re gonna get fleas.

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  • beachmom

    I agree with the 1st response. These 2 could have made better choices but they didnt, it is what it is. However, people need to pray for the families of these 2 individuals. No family is perfect and no one knows what thier own child will do, or grandchild, etc. There should be no pointing fingers, not one family member would want thier child to do this. this community is good for gossip and talking aboupt people, prayer is what everyone should learm more about.

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  • courtland81

    I think it is terrific work of all police departments. I am so saddened by the arrests though. My heart goes out to these guys families. I truly wish they would have made different decisions because they truly could be good guys but they have chosen to make poor decisions. May God be with their families and offer them peace at this tough time.

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  • FromHere

    Good job, all police departments involved!

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    • jeffturner

      Well said vanity. Its terrible anyway you cut it, but these are locals robbing and terrorizing and putting hometown peoples lives in jeopardy. Local terrorist terrorizing home. Thank goodness they will not be doing it anymore for at least 20 years I hope.

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