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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  • by anonymous Location: far away thank goodness! on Jul 8, 2008 at 07:36 AM
    If you feel sorry for Jeff Wise, maybe you should know his history. He is not a responsible or caring father. If you don't believe that, ask my daughter who he walked out on and hasn't seen since our divorce over 20 years ago. She wants to find him. I don't have the heart to tell her to look in the jails in Texas. He's not a very good son either. Ask his mother. He hired a hitman to kill her for insurance money. Luckily it was an undercover cop. They told Jeff that the mission was accomplished and that she was dead. He was delighted, until they put handcuffs on him. Of course, he's not a very good friend. Ask our close family friend's that he robbed. He is a good manipulator though. I was there and stood by his side for all of this. Young, stupid and gullible. I'm glad to know one of us grew up to be an upstanding responsible citizen and parent to our child!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 7, 2008 at 07:34 PM
    Poor Jeff Wise my butt!!! He served time in prison for trying to have his mother knocked off by a hit man!!! He's so stupid he tried to pay the hit man off with CZ's!!! Lucky for his mom it was a cop!!! No mercy for him, he will strike again so watch out!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 23, 2008 at 03:15 PM
    What is the update for the man who attempted to rob the bank in Sherman... Is he in jail?
  • by Anonymous on May 30, 2008 at 02:20 PM
    Bank robbery charges didn't stick. Guess Scott was a little over zealous.
  • by Sherman MOM Location: Sherman on Apr 25, 2008 at 11:22 AM
    HAHA! WAY to go Scott!!!! lol
  • by Redneck Woman Location: Sherman on Apr 24, 2008 at 09:30 AM
    What the heck KXII? This is OLD! Come on...We haven't updated it. You guys are clicking it.
  • by Pam Location: Southmayd on Apr 19, 2008 at 08:29 PM
    What the heck is this story doing back and the one about Bigfoot?This crap is too old and meaningless ,come on get with it.Dont be so damn lazy.This Bigfoot dude just goes around getting pub and making a lot of noise and airtime and doesnt produce besides he is NOT in this area at this time so this story is a lie.
  • by many people Location: prosper on Jan 25, 2008 at 12:12 PM
    Regards to what the former Prosper resident said. Jeff Wise was not an outstanding person, nor was his family. He acted much like many families in Prosper that live lifestyles way beyond their means and raise rude, self-centered ,narcissistic children and worse yet... they are proud to do so. He needs help? Since when is armed robbery a disease? Shame on Jeff Wise and i hope he gets a long sentence. Thanks to the man that caught him, he is a "outstanding" person.
  • by Anyone Location: dallas on Jan 24, 2008 at 07:28 AM
    so you think its okay for him to rob a bank so his kids can live their lifestyle??? how about teaching them responsability? Hey kids we are in debt and now we have to be responsible for it so let me set a good example and change our lifestyle........Good dad or not you basically are making excuses and I don't think this excuse would have been used had he actually done it with his loaded guns. Sad that someone post with concern of his lifestyle! Now look at his childrens lifestyle??
  • by here Location: gone on Jan 15, 2008 at 07:17 AM
    i am glad that Scott noticed all of this but the way it sounded that I don't believe he would have went through with it at all. I hope this man gets the help he needs and I AM SO GLAD HE DID NOT ROB MY BANK BECAUSE I DONT KNOW WHAT I WOULD DO WITH GLENDA AND MY BANK
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