Man arrested accused of robbing several banks

Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center
Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center

Posted by Debra Worley - email

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WECT) - Authorities have arrested a man they say is responsible for a string of bank robberies across the area.

According to South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Agents, 50-year-old Jonathan Lee Thompson is suspected of committing at least seven bank robberies across North and South Carolina.

Thompson was arrested Tuesday night at the America's Best Value Inn and Suites in Myrtle Beach, SC.

According to a press release from SLED, Thompson cut his wrist with a box cutter during his arrest.  He was treated for his injuries and then booked at the J. Rueben Long Detention Center in Conway, S.C.

Several law enforcement agencies worked together to identify and locate Thompson.

Authorities believe Thompson robbed the banks after either losing a job or being fired from a business in Charlotte, NC.

Each bank robbery had similar traits: the robber threatened bank clerks by saying he had a weapon and demanded money.   

According to intelligence information, here is a listing of the dates and locations of Thompson's crimes:

  • September 23, 2009 - BB & T, Wilmington, N.C.
  • October 9, 2009 – BB & T, Spartanburg, S.C.
  • October 13, 2009 – Carolina First, Greenville, S.C.
  • October 19, 2009 – Wachovia, Spartanburg, S.C.
  • November 3, 2009 – Bank of America, Wilmington, N.C.
  • November 10, 2009 - Bank of America, Wilmington, N.C.
  • November 13, 2009 – Wachovia, Florence, S.C.

The Wilmington Police Department currently has three outstanding warrants for Thompson's arrest.  They are also investigating if additional bank robberies were committed in North Carolina.

According to SLED, Thompson served time at Leavenworth Penitentiary in Kansas in 2004 for similar crimes.

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