Suspect in custody for robbing First Citizens Bank
by By Karen Kissiah
Cheraw Police Chief Jay Brooks said he was proud to inform Cheraw Town Council Tuesday evening that Frank Lee Mikeska, 52, had been arrested “without incident” for strong arm robbery of the First Citizens Bank at 232 Market Street in Cheraw last Thursday morning.
Mikeska was picked up by the authorities in Fayetteville, N.C., Tuesday afternoon and extradited back to Chesterfield County, said Brooks.
“We’ve been on this case 24 hours a day,” Brooks told council. “None of us have slept since Thursday.”
The robbery took place Aug. 1, shortly before 10 a.m. A dark haired man, with a goatee, wearing a white long sleeve shirt and a ball cap demanded money from the teller. Surveillance camera shots, that have been all over the Internet, show he was wearing a wrist brace on his left hand.
The robber was given an undisclosed amount of money. But several stacks of cash can be seen in the surveillance footage as he reaches for it at the counter and on the floor.
With no visible bag, or pockets to stash the cash, he dropped several stacks on the floor. Unaware there was anything out of the ordinary going on at the time, a customer in the bank lobby helped the man recover some of his cash. Footage shows another stack that falls as the suspect is walking out the front door.
Another bystander, who Brooks did not want to identify, innocently helped the suspect recover dropped cash from the sidewalk.
According to the incident report, the suspect was seen with “a handful of cash and ran towards the woods near the dumpster located behind Care South.”
The robbery took place at 9:41 a.m. and officers were on the scene in almost no time. They continued to arrive for a while, carrying big guns and wearing bullet proof vests. The bank was roped off and closed for the duration of the initial investigation. Less than 30 minutes from the time of the robbery, a bloodhound from the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office was there.
Brooks said he is “grateful that no one was hurt.” He also said he was proud of his detectives’ work and the team effort the various agencies had shown in solving this crime.
— Staff Writer Karen Kissiah can be reached by calling 843-537-5261, or by email at email@example.com.
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