Crime & Courts

Sheriff: Robbers targeting ATMs in Northeast Richland

A string of armed robberies at ATMs have been reported in Northeast Richland since Jan. 8, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said today.

In those incidents and an armed robbery at a convenience store, residents have been approached while in their cars by two men demanding money and the keys to the victim's cars, Lott said.

Six of the robberies have involved guns while two have involved a knife, he said.

The incidents either have been late at night or early in the morning, reports indicate. And the robbers have either fled on foot were were seen leaving a silver Mercury Cougar, Lott said.

Lott is asking residents to be on their guard and to call 911 immediately if they see anything suspicious.

The South Carolina Bankers Association offers a $5,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of anyone who commits a robbery, either by force, intimidation or threats from anyone who is using or has just finished using a bank night depository or ATM.

Crimestoppers offers a $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of anyone responsible for armed robbery or any crime.

Anyone with information is to call crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC or go to . -- From Staff Reports