Passerby halts Sherman bank robbery

By: Nicole Holt Email
By: Nicole Holt Email

SHERMAN, Tex. -- A Prosper man is behind bars after he confessed to police he intended on robbing a local bank. James Gray Wise, 44, is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. His bond is set at $500,000.

On Thursday, passerby Scott Carter noticed all the warning signs. White paper covered the front and back license plates of the white truck he noticed in the Texas Star Bank parking lot on Sam Rayburn in Sherman. The windows of the truck were covered with paper as well.

It was a plot just moments away from happening, but thanks to the quick thinking of an ordinary citizen a bad situation was quickly stopped.

"The first thing I noticed was white paper over the front license plate and it looked suspicious so I looked in the rearview mirror and noticed white on the back license plate."

Scott Carter described what he saw Thursday afternoon as he headed home for lunch. The white Dodge pickup he saw was covered in white paper.

What carter didn't know was that he was about to stop Jeffery Wise from robbing the Texas Star Bank in Sherman.

"I made the block, turned on Nealy Street and I was trying to put two and two together. I made the block, came back by and he was more less circling the bank, so I followed him."

After a few minutes, Carter says the van pulled into the bank and backed into a corner parking space. Carter took action and called authorities.

"As DPS arrived, they observed a truck leaving the parking lot. They got behind and started following it waiting for additional unites. The driver saw DPS and for whatever reason he pulled over in parking lot," Sherman Police Sgt. Bruce Dawsey said.

A firearm, ammunition, and other items were found inside the truck. Shortly thereafter, Wise admitted his intentions to rob the bank.

Carter says he wasn't playing hero--he was just doing the right thing.

"That's what any concerned citizen should do. I was surprised no one else called it in," Carter says.

With all the recent robberies in Dallas, the scene was just too suspicious.

"Anytime someone sees something suspicious or out of the ordinary, call the police. That is their job."

Jeffery Wise remains in the Grayson County Jail. Other charges are pending. No word on if this planned robbery has any connection to other bank robberies in Dallas.

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