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KCSO thwarts bank robbery, arrests three

Posted: May 11, 2012 3:44 p.m.
Updated: May 14, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Russell Roberts

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Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested two men May 8 who had planned to rob a Camden bank. Sheriff Jim Matthews said deputies arrested Danny Burch Jr., 33, and William C. Means, 34, both of Camden, after deputies received information they planned to rob the unidentified bank. Deputies later arrested Russell Roberts, 31, of Kershaw, on other charges.

Matthews said deputies received an anonymous tip May 7 that Burch and Means were making plans to rob the bank and that they had also broken into some homes and stolen weapons and other items. While deputies ran down leads, they notified the Camden and Elgin police departments of the potential for a bank robbery in their jurisdictions.

In the meantime, deputies received further information indicating Burch and Means were coming in to Kershaw County from Lancaster County and that the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardons had an active warrant on Means. Kershaw County deputies intercepted Means and Burch as they drove into Kershaw County with Roberts and arrested them following a traffic stop.

Means and Burch both admitted to planning to rob either a bank or armored car, calling their operation “The Big Lick.” Further investigation revealed that Roberts had stolen vehicles from the cities of Elgin and Camden, and Darlington, Kershaw and York counties. Deputies recovered one stolen weapon and received information that other weapons had been traded for crack cocaine. Matthews said the investigation is continuing and that further charges are anticipated.

The sheriff said Means was recently released from prison and has an arrest record dating back to 1999 for larceny, grand theft, narcotics, resisting arrest, forgery, fraud, financial transaction fraud and probation violation. Means is now charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, first degree burglary, breach of trust and forgery.

Matthews said Burch has a criminal record dating back to 1996 with arrests for DUI, resisting arrest, driving under suspension and accessory after the fact of a felony. Burch faces the same charges as Means, but will also face a new driving under suspension charge as well as charges of breach of trust and simple possession of marijuana.

According to Matthews, Roberts’ arrest record dates back to 1998 with arrests for simple possession of marijuana, burglary, fraudulent checks, obtaining money by false pretenses, breach of trust, criminal domestic violence, forgery and car theft. Roberts is being charged now with breach of trust, and there are outstanding warrants against him from the Camden Police Department and Chesterfield and Darlington counties.

Matthews said while Roberts was aware of Burch and Means’ plans to rob a bank, he was not involved and is not being charged at this time.


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