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Police link 2 to Sharon bank robbery

YORK -- Authorities have arrested a McCormick man and issued arrest warrants for another man in connection with last week's robbery at a Sharon bank, police said.

Kelvin Sheron Settles, 32, of McCormick was charged with armed robbery with a deadly weapon in the Dec. 4 robbery of First Citizens Bank in Sharon, York County Sheriff's Office Capt. Jerry Hoffman said.

The branch is the only bank in Sharon, a western York County town of about 500, about 10 miles southwest of York.

Settles was arrested Thursday in Columbia, according to a statement Friday from the sheriff's office.

Authorities also have issued an arrest warrant for armed robbery with a deadly weapon against Jermaine Tyrone Fuller, 26, of Ridge Springs, said Hoffman and the release.

Fuller on Dec. 5 was charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature by Columbia authorities, according to the release. That charge is not related to the armed robbery at First Citizens Bank, the release states.

When Fuller is brought to York County, he will be charged with robbery, according to the release.

The charges against the pair stem from a robbery that happened around 11 a.m. Dec. 4 at the bank on Woodlawn Street.

"A suspect entered the bank carrying a pistol and black backpack," Hoffman said. "He demanded money."

Hoffman would not say which man police believe entered the bank, citing the ongoing investigation.

The release states the gunman wore a full-faced motorcycle helmet that concealed his face. After his demands were satisfied, the man left with an undisclosed amount of cash and fled atop a motorcycle, according to the release.

It is not clear how many employees or customers, if any, were in the bank during the robbery, Hoffman said. Authorities also did not disclose what kind of gun the robber used.

The subsequent arrests came on the heels of an in-depth probe by the sheriff's office, Federal Bureau of Investigation and State Law Enforcement Division and the sheriff's offices in Edgefield, McCormick, Richland and Saluda counties.

It is not clear if any authorities expect to make other arrests.

Settles remained in custody Friday at York County Detention Center. Fuller is in custody in McCormick.

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