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CPD arrests TitleMax robber

Credits public for spreading Facebook campaign

Posted: June 15, 2017 5:25 p.m.
Updated: June 16, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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Willie Lee Quattlebaum

The Camden Police Department (CPD) is charging a man in the May 25 armed robbery of the TitleMax on West DeKalb Street and is thanking its Facebook followers for helping out.

“Willie Lee Quattlebaum (37 years old from Columbia, SC) has been arrested and warrants have been signed on him for the Camden TitleMax armed robbery on May 25, 2017,” the CPD posted on Facebook around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. “Quattlebaum is also being charged in connection with multiple armed robberies in other jurisdictions throughout South Carolina. Our communities are safer because of your help!”

The post included a copy of a wanted poster the CPD said Facebook followers shared 77 times, allowing it to be seen by 8,825 people. It also included a photograph -- possibly a driver’s license photo -- of Quattlebaum.

Quattlebaum is accused of entering the TitleMax around 1:30 p.m. May 25. Based on video surveillance, he was wearing a light-colored hoodie, dark pants and lace-up boots. CPD Capt. Lee Boan said Quattlebaum was only in the store for a few seconds. He allegedly forced the employees to give him money at gunpoint and then walked out of the business, heading westbound on DeKalb Street on foot.

Boan said a Crimestoppers tip, likely leading from the wanted poster being shared, lead to Quattlebaum’s arrest.

“The tipster recognized the clothing and identified Quattlebaum,” Boan said, who said Quattlebaum is being held at the Lexington County Detention Center.

According to an online detainee search, he is being held there on a charge of second-degree burglary (violent) filed by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. Online records show he is being held on a $25,000 cash/surety bond.

Boan confirmed multiple jurisdictions are interested in Quattlebaum.

“But we’re not sure just how many yet,” he said.

He said Richland County deputies executed a search on Quattlebaum’s residence and found the clothing he allegedly wore during the TitleMax robbery. Boan said the CPD will execute a search warrant of Quattlebaum’s cell phone in hopes of further tying him to the Camden robbery.

Boan also said other agencies have identified at least one, if not two cars registered to Quattlebaum as being involved in cases they are investigating. However, no car appears to be tied to the TitleMax robbery at this time, he said.

As it turns out, Quattlebaum may have been previously thwarted from committing other robberies in Camden.

“We came across him a few years ago,” Boan said. “His vehicle had allegedly broken down one night and one of our officers got out with him. We think he might have been looking for a place to rob, but got scared off when the officer got his full name and information.”

Boan said the CPD is glad Quattlebaum is off the streets now.

“There’s no doubt he would have kept on robbing places. We weren’t the first and we weren’t the last,” he said of the cases with which Quattlebaum may be involved.

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