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Suspects in bank robbery arrested

Published: Jun. 25, 2015 at 8:59 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 5, 2015 at 9:01 PM EDT
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Yancey Wilson (Source: Kershaw County Sheriff's Office)
Yancey Wilson (Source: Kershaw County Sheriff's Office)

KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Two men wanted in connection with a bank robbery in Bethune were arrested Thursday, the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office announced.

On June 23, the Sandhills Bank located in the Town of Bethune was robbed by a gunman who forced a bank employee into the bank building at gunpoint and stole an undisclosed amount of currency, authorities said.

A resident who witnessed the robbery attempted to follow the gunman, who fired two rounds from a handgun, which caused the person to stop following him.

On Thursday, a Kershaw County patrol supervisor observed a vehicle matching the description of the bank robbery getaway car at a car wash in Lugoff.

The deputy determined that the vehicle also displayed a paper tag exactly like the one that was on the bank robbery suspect vehicle. Three men, one of whom matched the description of the gunman were with the suspect vehicle. Additional deputies were called to the scene and the three men agreed to voluntarily go to the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office for questioning.

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office investigators began interviewing the three men, one of whom provided details of the robbery to investigators. Based on the interviews, KCSO investigators, an FBI agent and the Bethune Chief of Police obtained and executed search warrants in several locations.

The Bethune Chief of Police obtained arrest warrants for Yancey Wilson, 21, of Elgin and Randy Jones, 21, of Bethune charging them with armed robbery and criminal conspiracy. Wilson is also being charged with use of a firearm during the commission of a felony and kidnapping.

Both men are being detained at the Kershaw County Detention Center. The Federal Bureau of Investigation will likely file federal charges against the men relative to federal bank robbery statutes.

"Although these men are off the street, this investigation is continuing and additional charges against another individual may be forthcoming," said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews. "The deputy who broke this case did an outstanding job and was observant enough to recognize the suspect's vehicle two days after the robbery at a location far from the robbery incident. This ultimately led to the arrests of the robbery suspects."

Jones has no prior arrests. Wilson was recently released from prison where he served time for a strong armed robbery conviction. He has been previously arrested for burglary (1st degree), assault and battery (1st degree) and strong armed robbery.

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