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Deputies search for bank robber

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

CHARLESTON, SC - A man wearing a hooded brown coat and bright yellow gloves robbed a West Ashley bank at gunpoint and then disappeared into an adjacent neighborhood Monday morning.

Charleston County sheriff's deputies used bloodhounds and a helicopter to search for the suspect in the Ashleyville community but came up short, Maj. John Clark said.

Clark said the suspect robbed the Carolina Federal Savings Bank branch at 1106 St. Andrews Blvd. about 10:17 a.m. and then ran out with an undetermined amount of money. No one was hurt.

The suspect is described as a black male, about 6-foot-1, with shoulder-length dreadlocks. He wore a mask, gloves, blue jeans and a brown-hooded coat that may have been Carhartt brand, Clark said.

It is the third West Ashley bank robbery since March, not including a robbery of a Brink's armored vehicle at Citadel Mall last month.

Clark said the FBI and Charleston police are assisting with the investigation but it has not been determined if this robbery is linked to any of the others.

A man wearing a dreadlocks wig and a fake mustache robbed a Tidelands Bank at the West Ashley Shoppes at 946 Orleans Road around 11:15 a.m. March 18.

On April 2, a man with dreadlocks and a bandage on his chin robbed the Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union at 2030 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.

No gun was presented in either of those robberies.

Authorities say a gunman held up a Brink's armored car driver and then shot at him on May 23. That suspect was described as about 5-foot-6 and 150 pounds with dreadlocks.

SOURCE: Post & Courier
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