Second arrest in First Citizens robbery

Published 1:04 pm Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Less than 48 hours after arresting the alleged getaway driver in the July 19 robbery of First Citizens Bank in Landrum, Landrum police officers arrested the man suspected of walking into the bank and demanding money from the tellers.

Patrick Lewis Thompson, 22, was arrested Sunday morning at his home at 52 Bomar St. in Inman and charged with bank robbery. He remains at the Spartanburg County jail with bond set at $20,000.

His alleged accomplice, George Glover George III, 32, of 60 Bomar St. in Inman, was arrested and charged with the same crime Friday. George was freed Friday night after posting a $20,000 bond. &bsp;

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Both men face up to 15 years in prison for the crime.

Were just glad to get this solved, said Landrum Police Chief Bruce Shelnut. But there is still more investigation to be done in this case.

No money from the robbery has been recovered.

Shelnut said George, whose pickup was allegedly used in the robbery and was seized by police following a Crimestoppers tip this past Monday, cooperated with police after his arrest and led them to Thompson.

According to Shelnut, Thompson had fled to Greensboro, but then returned to Inman where he was arrested.

Shelnut said the Landrum Police Department received help from the Spartanburg County Sheriffs Department as well as the S.C. Law Enforsement Division (SLED).