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Crime Report - July 1, 2015

Details released on Bethune Sandhills Bank robbery

Posted: June 30, 2015 4:12 p.m.
Updated: July 1, 2015 1:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) recently released details on the June 23 robbery at Sandhills Bank in Bethune.

According to a KCSO incident report, the bank manager was working outside on the landscaping when a black man with a white hoodie covering most of his face approached her with a gun and demanded she take him into the bank. She said the bank had not yet opened for the day and the only way to take him in was through the bank’s front door.

There, the manager told an employee inside to unlock the door and cooperate with the robber. He reportedly took $13,000 from the bank and fled on foot, east on U.S. 1. The manager and bank employees provided a description of the man and his clothing.

The KCSO then learned of shots being fired on College Street in Bethune. A witness said she saw a man in a white hooded sweatshirt get into a black vehicle driven by someone else. Another witness said he saw a man matching the suspect’s description and followed him until the suspect fired two shots into the air. The witness stopped following, but not before he saw a black four-door Jeep Wrangler with what appeared to be a dealer tag.

Two days later, a KCSO deputy spotted the Jeep at a Lugoff car wash, leading to the subsequent arrest of Yancy Wilson, 21, of Richland County, and Randy Jones, 21, of Bethune. Bethune Police Chief Joey Cobb charged both men with armed robbery and criminal conspiracy. He additionally charged Wilson with the use of a firearm during the commission of a felony and kidnapping, determining it was Wilson who forced the manager into the bank and committed the robbery.

In other reports, the KCSO is also investigating the theft of a racecar motor from a Lugoff business reported June 24. According to a report, the owner of the Whitehead Road store said the motor was taken from a storage building sometime between May 25 and June 21. The victim said he seldom goes into the building, so he is unsure of when the motor was taken. It is described as a Chevrolet small block 350, bored “40 over” with chrome tall deck valve covers and no exhaust headers. The report said its estimated worth is $5,000.

The KCSO also reported 10 thefts, four arrests for driving under suspension, three for public disorderly conduct, two reports each for harassment, criminal domestic violence and assault, and one case each of assault and battery, possession of marijuana, vandalism, malicious injury to personal property and burglary.

The Camden Police Department (CPD) reported security officers at a West DeKalb Street department store went to the CPD to file reports of several shopliftings. Six separate reports said the same store had been victimized between June 15 and June 22 without any suspects apprehended. The store uses an elaborate video security system and images of the thieves were captured on video.

The CPD also reported one case each of harassment, debit card fraud and a trespassing.

Incident reports are provided by the Camden Police Department and Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office and are a matter of public record under the S.C. Freedom of Information Act. If the C-I makes a mistake, it will correct it upon verification with the appropriate law enforcement agency. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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