Crime & Courts

Former SC police chief accused in bank robbery

An image from a surveillance camera from a bank that was robbed in Simpsonville on Saturday.
An image from a surveillance camera from a bank that was robbed in Simpsonville on Saturday. Provided/Anderson Independent Mail

A man robbed a bank Saturday after handing a teller a note stating he was armed, the Simpsonville Police Department said.

A man later identified as Richard Inman walked in the Bank of America in the 600 block of Fairview Road Saturday with a note, which demanded money and also said he was armed with a deadly weapon, according to a warrant.

Inman is a former Williamston Police Department chief, said Williamston Mayor Mack Durham, who was a council member when Inman resigned in 2011.

Williamston is a town of about 4,000 in eastern Anderson County, less than 20 miles from Simpsonville.

Durham said did recognize a distinctive scar on surveillance images of the bank robber but did not positively identify the robber as Inman because his weight has fluctuated. The mayor said the town is aware that the man arrested was the former chief.

"We were shocked," Durham said. "We're very concerned for him. It saddens us to see anyone who is former law enforcement accused of this. We hope something good can come from it."

Before becoming chief in 2009, Inman worked in law enforcement for the Greenville County Sheriff's Office, the Greenville Police Department, the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office and the Fountain Inn Police Department, according to records from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.

The academy's records do not show any law enforcement positions in the state after his resignation in August 2011.

The bank robber left with an undisclosed sum of money and no one was injured, according to the Simpsonville Police Department.

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