Police still investigating Barnwell bank's second robbery

A Barnwell bank was again the scene of an armed robbery.

Regions Bank on Jackson Street was robbed around 2:35 p.m., April 8 by a man armed with a single-barrel shotgun.

The weapon was either dropped or discarded by the suspect upon exiting the bank. Officers discovered a shotgun on the sidewalk in front of the bank.

No one was injured in the robbery - the second this branch has had in five months. The previous robbery occured Nov. 25 of last year.

An initial description broadcast included the suspect wearing a white stocking cap, grey jogging pants and carrying a red bag.
Police are now looking for a black male, 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing about 140 pounds.

Capt. Wayne Martin, a detective with the Barnwell Police Department, said he does not believe the two robberies are related.

"At this point, they do not appear to be," he said.

Since this latest incident, Regions now has an armed guard stationed in the bank lobby.

The Barnwell County Sheriff's Office used a canine tracking team to search the area for the trail of the robber immediately after the robbery.

The team found a black, leather-type jacket and a white stocking cap alongside The People-Sentinel building on the Gilmore Street side.

The jacket and stocking cap were found around 3:50 p.m.

At 4:20 p.m. the Barnwell City Fire Department arrived on Gilmore Street and extended a ladder up to the roof of The People-Sentinel building.

Barnwell Police Chief Todd Gantt of the climbed the ladder and peered over the top of the building.

Gantt said they were checking the roof for possible evidence thrown up there by the robber.

"We looked just in case there was something uup there. We have found stuff on roofs after a crime before. You don't know until you look," he said.

After the murder at the former Sonic drive-through fast food restaurant on Dunbarton Boulevard in 2000, police found the car keys of the victim on the Wal-Mart roof, Gantt said.

The investigation on the robbery is still ongoing.

Gantt said he hopes to release still photos obtained from the bank's surveillance cameras of the suspect soon.