Monday SC bank holdup clothing believed found in Burke County

AIKEN -- Dye-stained clothing believed to have been discarded by two Beech Island bank robbers was found Monday night near Waynesboro, Ga.

Aiken County Sheriff’s Capt. Troy Elwell said the clothing - which had been discolored by an exploded dye pack included with money taken from the bank -- was found about 9 p.m. in a Dumpster off Cates Mead Road near Highway 56 north of Waynesboro. Citing the ongoing investigation, Capt. Elwell said he could not disclose how officials made the discovery.

“We have made some progress in it,” he said of the case, adding that officials with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and Burke County Sheriff’s Office assisted in locating the clothing. The suspects, however, have still not been identified.

The robbery took place Monday morning at First Citizens Bank, 2020 Atomic Road, Beech Island, as two masked men walked into the bank with handguns, took money from the bank’s drawers and ordered a customer to hand over some personal items.

Other than gloves, police say, all of the clothing the suspects were wearing in the heist was found in the Dumpster. No money was found.

Capt. Elwell said authorities believe the dye pack exploded inside the getaway car. He asked the public be on the lookout for any vehicles with dye stains inside or anyone using money that has bank dye on it.

“Somebody out there, since this dye pack we definitely know it exploded, somebody out there has got some information,” he said, adding “Somebody saw somebody come home and try to wash the dye off. And it’s permanent. It’s not going to wash off.”

One robber was described as black, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes and wearing a black, long-sleeve shirt and black jeans. The other was black, 6 feet tall, 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes and was wearing a white, long-sleeve shirt with black jeans. Anyone with information in the case is asked to call (800) 922-9709 or (888) CRIME-SC.

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