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Bank robbery in North Myrtle Beach

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Early Saturday morning at approximately 8:53 a.m., a man robbed the TD Bank at 1201 Sea Mountain Highway in North Myrtle Beach.

According to Pat Dowling of North Myrtle Beach Police, the bank teller made an emergency call as the robbery was in progress. The robber was wearing a white old man mask and baggy clothes. He is said to be a white male, about 5' 10", and weighing around 200 lbs. Threatening the teller with a black hand gun, the suspect walked out with two teller drawers, a gray purse, and a dye pack bag filled with bait money.

There were two witnesses at the scene of the crime. One witness saw the suspect's car and described it as a silver Nissan Sentra. The second witness was waiting at the teller drive through window as the robbery took place. The suspect left threatening the witness with his gun before jumping in his car to get away. In an attempt to identify the license plate number of the get away car, the witness followed the robber west on Sea Mountain Highway until he took the exit for Highway 90 towards Conway. It was then that the witness lost the suspect and his car.

Next door at The Shack restaurant, customers and employees were shocked to hear of the robbery in what's considered a normally quiet neighborhood.

"It's a pretty good area and a nice little part of the beach," says owner Scott Childers. "Can't say I've ever heard of a bank robbery up here." But Childers says a robbery so close to home is cause for concern, and he'll start rethinking what steps he takes to keep his business and employees safe.

"It'll definitely make us take a look at our security procedures."

Some customers of the bank itself were also surprised to hear about a robbery occurring, but they say it's something people should expect with any business that handles large amounts of money.

"It's a possibility at any bank or any business right now in this economy," says Mitzi Vaughn. "Everyone just needs to be aware of what's going on around them and keep a lookout for suspicious activity. You can't live your life being afraid."

County and Highway Officials have ben notified and the FBI is currently investigating the scene. Any information on the suspect or vehicle, you are asked to please call 911.

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