Two arrests made in ATM robberies case - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Two arrests made in ATM robberies case

Anthony Shy - Courtesy Richland Co. Sheriff's Dept. Anthony Shy - Courtesy Richland Co. Sheriff's Dept.
Clinton Matthews - Courtesy Richland Co. Sheriff's Dept. Clinton Matthews - Courtesy Richland Co. Sheriff's Dept.

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Sheriff Leon Lott announced the arrests of two suspects in connection with a string of ATM robberies in the past several weeks.

Lott says 18-year-old Anthony Shy and 17-year-old Clinton Matthews were arrested and charged on Friday afternoon with four of the ATM robberies. He adds that the robberies were not gang or drug-related.

"They were just related to getting them money," Lott said.

"These two young kids and I'll describe them as young kids were on a roll. Since January 29, they've done four. And they were not going to stop until they got caught. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured," Lott said.

Lott identifies one suspect as 18-year-old Anthony Cornelius Shy. He's facing four counts of armed robbery with bond set at $80,000 dollars.

No photo was immediately available of Shy's alleged accomplice, 17-year-old Clinton Matthews.

Investigators caught up with the teens after Thursday's robbery of a customer at the BB&T machine in the 8900 block of Two Notch Road.

This time, the victim followed the getaway vehicle long enough to get a description and notify a deputy.

"It was enough where he was able to give us a good description and flag someone down. No, we don't recommend confronting them or engaging them in a physical confrontation. Let us do that," Lott said.

The vehicle, said to be Shy's pickup truck, was found abandoned on Rockingham Court with a .25 caliber gun on the floorboard.

The arrests solve four of eight recent armed robberies -- all but one at ATM's.

But Lott says he's still looking for two more men who've apparently been pulling off the same type of crimes in the same general area of northeast Richland County.

"Again, I think this is just a sign of the times. As the economy goes down, the crimes going up. Our ATM robberies have increased," Lott said.

The second pair of suspects remains at large possibly driving a silver Mercury Cougar.

Reported by Jack Kuenzie

Posted by Jeremy Turnage

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