Originally created 03/06/02

Suspect remains at large



North Augusta police were looking for a 46-year-old Edgefield County man in connection with the armed robbery Tuesday of a North Augusta credit union.

Arrest warrants were obtained for Bruce Charles Easley, of Ridge Road, in connection with the robbery of SRP Federal Credit Union on West Martintown Road, the North Augusta Department of Public Safety said in a news release.

Mr. Easley is considered armed and dangerous, police said.

"He's got a history of other violent crimes," North Augusta Public Safety Capt. Randy Mosley said.

Police said a man entered the credit union about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday with a note and demanded money.

The robber did not show a gun, but his note said he had one, authorities said. After the robbery, he got into a vehicle and drove away.

Police said it was not clear which road the suspect took as an escape route.

North Augusta Public Safety Chief Lee Weatherington said an undetermined amount of cash was taken. No dye pack or bag was used by the teller, he said.

The FBI and the Aiken County Sheriff's Office are assisting North Augusta police in the investigation.

"We'll be following all leads and we ask that the public call us with any information that they might have," Capt. Mosley said.

Fingerprints were lifted from the note, and video-surveillance images were analyzed. Officers also talked to officials at the Winn-Dixie grocery store nearby to see whether they had seen the suspect.

Credit union officials shut down the office and sent customers to the SRP on East Martintown Road. They said they expected to reopen today.

Police said the city's last armed robbery of a financial institution occurred May 14 at Security Federal Bank on Martintown Road. In that case, a man told a teller he had a gun and demanded money without showing a weapon.

Anyone with information is asked to call the North Augusta Department of Public Safety at (803) 279-2121.

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