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Walterboro makes arrest in bank robbery case

Walterboro, S.C. – The Walterboro Public Safety Department has made an arrest in connection to a robbery that occurred on December 17, 2010, at South Carolina Bank & Trust, located at 520 North Jeffries Boulevard. Marvin Jerriel Lamar Bowens, age 18, has been charged with robbery.

On December 17, the Walterboro Public Safety Department received a call just before 4 p.m. stating that the South Carolina Bank & Trust had been robbed. According to reports, the suspect entered the bank, presented a handgun, and demanded money. He then fled the scene in a pewter or gold colored car with an undisclosed amount of money.

At approximately 10:40 that evening, a gold Acura approaching a DUI checkpoint on Paul Street started to turn around. As officers neared the vehicle, the driver got out and fled. He was apprehended after a short foot pursuit. Noting that both the driver and vehicle matched the description of the bank robbery suspect, officers contacted detectives assigned to the case. Upon seeing the driver, detectives recognized him as the same man from the video surveillance video and charged him with robbery.

Anyone with any information about a crime is asked to make a call, which may remain anonymous, to the Walterboro Public Safety at 843-549-1811.

Established in 1826, the City of Walterboro is hailed as the “front porch of the Lowcountry,” with its historic charm and plentiful natural resources. The area around the city, rich with forests and vast quantities of water, is also known as the gateway to the ACE Basin, one of the largest undeveloped estuaries on the East Coast. Centrally located between Charleston, Savannah, Hilton Head, and Columbia, the city is home to many historic buildings, antique stores, the Great Swamp Sanctuary and the S.C. Artisans Center, designated by the state’s legislature as the “Official South Carolina Folk Art and Craft Center.” With about 5,800 residents, Walterboro serves as the economic heart of Colleton County and maintains a small-town Americana atmosphere. For more information, call 843-549-2545 or visit www.walterborosc.org.

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