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Suspect in BankRI Robbery Caught

A corrections officer at the state prison recognized a still image taken from the bank's surveillance system as James W. Snoke, 45, of Foster. He was arrested on Tuesday and charged with bank robbery, the U.S. Department of Justice announced today.

is in police custody.

James W. Snoke, 45, of Foster, was ordered detained by U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Lincoln D. Almond on a charge of bank robbery for the Nov. 18 incident during which he threatened bank employees with a device he claimed was a bomb.

According to an affidavit, Snoke allegedly approached a teller demanding he be given fifty $100 bills and no dye packs. He allegedly put a black duffel bag and a device that looked like a bomb on the counter. The device featured a large battery attached to a cell phone.  A second teller was summoned and put a quantity of cash in the black bag, according to the affadavit.

Cranston police distributed a still image of the robber taken from the bank's surveillance system, including to the Department of Corrections, where a correctional officer recognized the man as James Snoke, who previously was an inmate at the Adult Correctional Institution.

On Monday, members of the Cranston Police Department, Foster Police Department and Rhode Island State Police executed a state search warrant at Snoke’s Foster residence. According to the affidavit, several pieces of evidence were seized including a six volt battery.

On Tuesday, Snoke surrendered himself to members of the Rhode Island State Police, who subsequently turned Snoke over to the Cranston Police. According to the affidavit, while in the custody of Cranston Police, Snoke admitted robbing the bank.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch.

The FBI assisted in the investigation of this matter.

The Department of Justice press release incorrectly reported the robbery occurred at a Bank of America branch.

Concerned Citizen November 26, 2011 at 04:19 PM
Thank God another piece of trash off the street. Time for the Death Penalty to be brought back into the state of Rhode Island. There are too many people allowed to walk free after doing what they do. Stiffer penalties should be put into place so it will detour scum bags like this loser JIM SNOKE, I hope he gets handled like he deserves in prison. Mark one off for the good guys on this one for doing a great job in apprehending this dirt bag.
Another concerned citizen December 03, 2011 at 06:02 PM
Hopefully this man will spend the rest of his life in prison and will not be shown any special favors by having his sentenced lowered for working with officials as an informant to get "other criminals" off the street. Hopefully he gets what he deserves when he goes back into the prison system and his inmates find out who and what he really is. He is a sociopath, pathological liar, shows no remorse for anyone he has ever hurt and preys on woman to get what he needs from them. Con all the way; and he should be put in a cell alone with no connection to the outside world.
Diane T. Bell December 14, 2011 at 01:00 AM
Concerned Citizen... I just "Hope" the LAW and what rights the citizens have and what is suppose to protect them does this time!! With that being said...They have let this man out many time's when he should have never been let out on the street's with the population, It is almost the State's fault for this and all the other things he has done...If he wasn't out there wouldn't be elderly people without there money, there wouldn't be people without there belongings because of him robbing there houses.....I could go on and on!! My point is....Please Please listen to these people...Keep them safe....KEEP HIM IN JAIL!!!!!
Debra Coolidge December 15, 2011 at 08:20 PM
Writing bad checks in Danielson CT before robbing the bank and stealing at 50 inch tv set with a stolen check. Nothing happens to these creaps. The wife and in-laws dont seem to come forward. Did they really not know what he was up to. The wife was with him. Unbelievable.

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