Search under way for robber of North Myrtle Beach bank (with pictures)

Bank robbery is the third one in four days across Horry County

gvasselli@thesunnews.comJuly 17, 2011 

Law enforcement officials are on the hunt for the bank robber of a TD Bank branch on Saturday morning in North Myrtle Beach, at least the third Horry County bank robbery in four days.

City spokesman Pat Dowling said the robbery unfolded before 9 a.m. at the branch located at 1201 Sea Mountain Highway. A teller called police and said a man left the bank with a bag containing an undisclosed amount of money, a dye pack and two teller drawers.

A witness at the drive-in window saw the robbery and tried to get the robber's tag number, Dowling said, but as the thief left the bank, he reportedly waved a gun at the witness, who moved away in his car.

Dowling said he didn't know for certain whether the gun was used in the robbery. No one was injured in the incident.

He said the man is described as a stocky white male approx 5’ 10” in height and weighs approximately 200 pounds.

At the time of the incident the suspect was wearing an “old man” rubber mask, straw style hat, khaki colored long sleeve shirt with collar, khaki colored pants, dark colored gloves, dark colored shoes and presented a small black in color semi-automatic pistol.

Suspect was observed leaving the area in a small silver in color vehicle (possibly a 2002-2006 Nissan Sentra) with no tag on the back of vehicle.

The witness followed the bandit from the bank parking lot but lost track as the car headed toward Conway on S.C. 90.

The case is being worked by North Myrtle Beach and Horry County police departments and the S.C. Highway Patrol. The FBI has also been involved.

This isn't the first time the bank has been robbed. In the late '90s it was a target of the Bellamy brothers, a trio of bank robbers charged in nine bank holdups from Murrells Inlet to Calabash, N.C. Altogether, the brothers reportedly stole more than $600,000 before being caught. Claude and Larry Bellamy were charged with stealing $34,000 in 1997 from what was then The Anchor Bank in North Myrtle Beach. The three Bellamys were found guilty on multiple charges and sent to prison in 2000. Claude and Larry are not scheduled to bereleased until 2042, but the third brother, Alvin, was let out in 2008.

Saturday's robbery was the third Horry County bank robbery in less than a week.

On Wednesday morning, a First Citizens Bank in Socastee was robbed, followed by an Horry County State Bank on Palmetto Pointe Boulevard, which was hit at 5 p.m.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the North Myrtle Beach Police Department at 843-280-5511.

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