WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Sergio Abigliano was making pizzas yesterday morning, and was getting ready to go make a deposit at the First Federal Bank on Magwood Road, just steps away from his restaurant in the Ashley Crossing shopping center.
"I go between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and I was ready to leave and something told me no go. God was watching over us," Abigliano said.
It's a good thing he didn't go because just before 11:30 a.m., two men armed with handguns held up the bank.
Police reports released by Charleston Police Wednesday afternoon state one of the two armed suspects jumped the counter at the bank and a gun was pointed at the chest of one of the tellers.
"As long as nobody got hurt," Abigliano said. "I mean they can walk away with the money. Money's nothing you know what I mean? But a life is everything. "
Business owners in the shopping center were surprised the bandits struck at that time of day in a busy area with lots of traffic.
"That time of day about the gutsiest move I've ever seen," said R.C. Foster, who owns PostNet." Broad daylight, traffic, so it's lunch time traffic. I would have thought they'd get caught up in traffic in the shopping center."
"It took guts. Whoever did it okay, probably they were planning this, okay?", said Abigliano. "It was very smooth. They did it very smooth and nobody knew about it."
"Usually criminals aren't that smart. But they got away with it for the short term," Foster said.
The folks who work in the shopping center are hoping the robbers will only be free for the short term.
Meanwhile businesses will be on the lookout.
"You can tell it doesn't matter how busy the shopping center is. You're never safe from anything, you know what I mean? You have to be on guard a lot of times," said Abigliano.
Charleston Police are not yet releasing surveillance photos from the robbery. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.