Deputies say this bank was robbed on West Parker Road. (Nov. 21, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Eric Collins (Source: Greenville Co. Detention Center)
Eric Collins appears before a Greenville Co. bond court judge. (Nov. 21, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Deputies search a Sulphur Springs Road apartment complex after bank robbery nearby. (Nov. 21, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Greenville County deputies said a man has been charged after the Wells Fargo bank on West Parker Road was robbed Thursday, prompting lockdowns at nearby schools.
Eric Terence Collins, 48, was charged with robbing the bank, according to Deputy Jonathan Smith.
Smith said Collins presented a note but did not have a weapon and did not say anything when he held up the bank just before 12:30 p.m. Thursday. He said the robber got away with an undisclosed amount of money and initially fled the scene on foot.
FOX Carolina reporter Adrian Acosta said deputies were searching the area and were at the Springwood Apartments complex on Sulphur Springs Road.
Smith said they found the suspect's car at the Springwood Apartments, which had clothing inside matching the description of the robber. He said they then found the suspect inside an apartment at the complex.
Acosta also said he saw search dogs and armed deputies outside of one of the nearby schools prior to deputies locating the suspect.
Berea High, Middle and Elementary schools along with Monaview and Armstrong Elementary schools were on lockdown because of the robbery, according to a Greenville County Schools spokesperson. The lockdowns were lifted a little after 2 p.m.
Smith said they were able to apprehend the suspect quickly through the work of a large law enforcement presence, including the use of search dogs.
"In a situation like this, where it's a crime of this magnitude, it's always a good thing when we can make an arrest as quickly as we can," Smith said.
Smith also said they see an increase in thefts around the holidays, everything from shoplifting to incidents like what happened on Thursday.
Deputies said they were able to identify Collins as the suspect based on the bank's surveillance and statements they received during the short investigation.
A judge set bond for Collins at $30,000 and said he could not go to a Wells Fargo bank.
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