Sumter Police say men in photo not connected to ATM carjacking - - Columbia, South Carolina

Sumter Police say men in photo not connected to ATM carjacking

Police believe two men have pulled off their second carjacking in about a month at the same Bank of America ATM near downtown Sumter. But Saturday, police said two men in a photo released earlier in the week are not connected to the crime.

At approximately 11:15 p.m. Thursday, two black males approached a male and female sitting in a vehicle at the ATM located at 607 West Liberty Street. The men, who were armed with handguns, demanded the cash the victim had just withdrawn from the machine.

The victims were then ordered at gunpoint to get out of the vehicle. After the victims complied with the demands, the suspects drove off in the victims' vehicle, police said.

The vehicle is described as a 2002 Green Ford Explorer bearing NC tag# SSE6078. It has not been recovered. The victims were not injured.

It is believed these men were also involved in a similar carjacking incident that occurred at the same location on June 28.

The suspects are described as black males in their early to mid-twenties with dreadlocks.  Detectives released a security photo of two men who they thought were involved in the robberies, but after further investigation determined the two men in the photo were not associated with the crime.

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspects or about the incident is asked to contact the Sumter Police Department at (803) 436-2717 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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