Greer Police release behavioral profile of May bank robbery suspects

Published: Jun. 12, 2003 at 3:23 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 16, 2003 at 1:29 PM EDT
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(Greer-AP) June 12, 2003 - Police in Greer hope a behavioral profile on the suspects in a deadly bank robbery last month will help them crack the case.

Police Chief Dean Crisp says the robber or robbers might be nervous or preoccupied. He says they might have missed work or suddenly left the Upstate for a period of time. Crisp says the people could have grown or shaved a beard or gotten a new haircut.

FBI experts created the profile using crime scene photos and the bank's location, isolated on the end of a frontage road near Interstate 85.

Bank employee Sylvia Holtzclaw, 56, of Greer and two customers, James Barnes, 60, and his 58-year-old wife Margaret Barnes of Spartanburg, were shot an killed in the at the Blue Ridge Savings Bank in Greer May 16th. They were the only people in the bank.

Crisp hopes the profile and a $100,000 reward help convince someone to come forward. No descriptions of the suspects have been released.

Chief Crisp says a red late model General Motors vehicle seen on security video is a top priority for authorities investigating the fatal bank robbery.

The bank was housed in a trailer along state Highway 14 near Interstate 85 on a dead-end road. The bank is a branch of Asheville, North Carolina-based Blue Ridge Savings. It opened in early 2002.

posted 11:21am by Chris Rees