Crime

1 arrested, 1 sought after ATM ripped from Chester Co. bank

One of two suspects believed to have ripped an ATM from a Chester bank early Friday was arrested Friday afternoon, and the second suspect is being sought, according to the Chester County Sheriff’s Office.

The arrest was made late Friday afternoon, Chief Deputy Robert Sprouse said. As of 4 p.m., the suspect’s identity had not been released, and Sprouse said investigators weren’t releasing details about how the suspects allegedly stole the machine from the bank.

The cash machine was stolen from the Founders Federal Credit Union on the JA Cochran Bypass about 4 a.m., said Sprouse said.

“We were able to get right on them,” he said. “It was shortly after that they wrecked.”

Their truck crashed on a side road in Richburg, and the machine was recovered, Sprouse said.

Chester County deputies spent much of Friday morning searching for the suspects, with help from the York County Sheriff’s Office, Union County Sheriff’s Office, the State Law Enforcement Division, the Department of Natural Resources and the S.C. Highway Patrol.

A reverse-911 message was sent to some residents in the area this morning to warn them of the situation. Chester County schools decided to put all Lewsville schools in a modified lockdown.

“A modified lockdown simply means that students are going about their daily routines inside the building,” Clinton said. “Recess and outdoor activities such as P.E. are taking place indoors. A full lockdown would mean that no person can leave or enter the building.”

The modified lockdown remained in place throughout the day.

“All that means is that the kids did not have recess outside,” Clinton said.

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