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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- A man suspected of robbing a Chesterfield bank took a taxi both to and from the scene of the crime, according to Chesterfield Police.

The man took a taxi to the SunTrust bank along the 4800 block of Jefferson Davis Highway at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

Upon arrival, police said the man walked inside and handled a teller a note that demanded money.

"Upon receiving cash, the suspect exited the bank, entered the waiting taxi and left the scene," a Chesterfield Police spokesperson said.

No weapon was displayed and no one was hurt during the bank robbery.

"The taxi driver was not involved in the robbery," police said.

Police officers were able to find the man, about a mile away at a motel. A maintenance worker at the motel said that officers spent nearly an hour in room 102, and they questioned several people -- including the suspect.

Both Anthony W. Gray, 41, of Richmond, and Kishna L. Washington, 45, were arrested in relation to the robbery.

"The investigation indicates that Gray entered the bank and Washington acted as an accessory after the fact; Washington was not the driver of the taxi," a Chesterfield Police spokesperson said. "Gray has been charged with robbery, and Washington has been charged with criminal solicitation and being an accessory after the fact."

"It's a little unusual to rob a bank in a taxi cab yes," said Chesterfield Police Capt. Mike Louth.

"There were a lot of witnesses out there," Louth said.  "Thanks to the help of the community we got some tips and information that led to a prompt arrest."

Anyone with additional information was asked to call Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.