FBI believes string of bank robberies related

The FBI is looking for two bank robbers considered armed and dangerous.

Authorities say the men robbed two Columbia County banks at gunpoint the morning of April 27, and they're connecting them to other bank robberies in the previous two weeks.

FBI agents say they can connect at least 4 bank robberies to these two men because of similar styles and a similar get away car.

Investigators say just before 10:00 a.m. the men robbed the CSRA Federal Credit Union off Washington Road near Belair Road at gunpoint.

Then, around noon, agents say the same men robbed the Wachovia bank near Davis Road.

The FBI also believes these men robbed a bank in Columbia, South Carolina April 26 and the Augusta Wachovia at Washington and Bertram Road on April 17.

Investigators say two men were involved in all of these robberies, one white and one black.

They say that every time, the men had a revolver and wore paintball masks, which look like ski masks with built-in goggles.

In all of the cases, agents believe the suspects jumped the counter after showing their weapons.

And they escaped in a 2001 silver Ford Escort.

The FBI has advice if you're ever in a bank when this happens.

"Basically just do what they ask," says agent Ed Reinhold. "If you can get a look at them, fine, so we can maybe get a description later. But you should not confront them. You shouldn't try to stop them or anything like that."

FBI agents are reviewing surveillance video of the robberies, and they've taken fingerprints from the scene.

If you see a 2001 silver Ford Escort with South Carolina license plate number 393 UNG, call the FBI at 706-722-3702.


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