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Police: Man confessed to Pendleton bank robbery

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James Garrett (Source: Anderson Co. Detention) James Garrett (Source: Anderson Co. Detention)
Robbery at United Community Bank (Aug. 23, 2017/FOX Carolina) Robbery at United Community Bank (Aug. 23, 2017/FOX Carolina)
PENDLETON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Pendleton Police Department was on scene of a robbery at United Community Bank on Wednesday.

Dispatchers said the incident was reported at the bank on Mechanic Street just after 2:15 p.m.

Pendleton Police Chief Doyle Burdette said a man entered the bank and presented a note to the teller before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of money.

Burdette said a witness was able to get a good description of the suspect and he was quickly caught with help from the Anderson County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's deputies said the suspect vehicle was apprehended near I-85 and Liberty Highway after being spotted by their crime suppression unit.

"It is a pleasure to work with such professional agencies," Burdette said. "It is an even greater pleasure to have citizens who have the civic pride and wherewithal to help in the protection of the community by providing information.

After the suspect was taken into custody, Burdette said he confessed to robbing the bank to an Anderson County detective.

The suspect was later identified as 55-year-old James Melvin Garrett.

Arrest warrants indicate Garrett tried to flee from a front door which was locked and ordered employees to open it "or he was coming back."

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