Three indicted for Lowcountry bank robbery spree

Kevin Tony Smith and Shakema McClellan
Kevin Tony Smith and Shakema McClellan

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Police say he made a living by robbing banks for six months and now a federal grand jury says the suspect should stand trial for the crimes.

The FBI says 48-year-old Kevin Tony Smith robbed eight banks in Charleston and North Charleston and had help from a man and woman in several of them.

Federal prosecutors say Smith was indicted in U.S. District Court this week on eight counts of armed robbery. The indictments say Smith robbed the banks between Jan. 14 and June 21 of 2010.

Investigators say Smith robbed two BB&T branches, a Harbor National Bank branch and a Wachovia and First Citizens branch two times. The targeted banks were located west of the Ashley and in North Charleston.

The two people police say helped Smith in most of the robberies also were indicted.

26-year-old Shakema McClellan of North Charleston was indicted on six counts and 38-year-old Kerwin Fyfe was indicted on five counts of bank robbery.

So far no trial dates have been set for any of the three suspects.

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