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NCPD make arrest in First Citizens Bank robbery

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

By Sheldon Dutes  bio | email | Twitter 

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston police have made an arrest in connection to Monday's robbery at the First Citizens Bank.

Kevin Smith has been charged with entering a bank with intent to steal. He is being held at the Charleston County Detention Center.

According to police, Smith walked in to the First Citizens Bank on Monday afternoon and demanded money. Smith did not have a weapon and took off with an undisclosed amount of money.

North Charleston police used surveillance pictures and canvassed several neighborhoods to track Smith down. Around 7 p.m., just a few hours after the robbery, investigators located Smith at a hotel on Ashley Phosphate Road.

"A clerk at the hotel said there was an individual there who matched Smith's description," Lt. Scott Deckard said.

According to Deckard, investigators were able to seize some evidence and an undisclosed amount of cash.

Smith doesn't appear to be from the North Charleston area, and investigators are trying to determine why he was there.

Although they are still working to confirm it, investigators think Smith may be linked to other bank robberies in North Charleston.

"The general description of the other robberies fits his height, weight and facial characteristics," Deckard said.

Monday's robbery at the First Citizens Bank is one of seven banks to be hit in North Charleston and Mount Pleasant in the past few weeks. Officials are still trying to determine whether Smith is connected to other bank robberies in North Charleston.

Smith has been charged with entering a bank with intent to steal. He's expected to have a bond hearing Tuesday afternoon.

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