Money ‘hanging out’ of downtown robbery suspect’s pocket, Charleston police say

Charleston police officers arrest Delores Baines, suspected of robbing the First Citizens Bank on Friday afternoon. Buy this photo

Money was dangling from a woman’s pockets as she tried to get away last week from the scene of a bank robbery in downtown Charleston, according to an incident report.

But Delores Baines, 50, was arrested, and she remained jailed Monday on bail set at $500,000.

The report indicates that Baines is homeless and frequents the Crisis Ministries shelter on Meeting Street.

About 2 p.m. Friday, employees from the First Citizens Bank at 317 Meeting St. reported that they had been robbed by an older woman wearing a hat, the Charleston Police Department said. When the woman told a teller to “give me $10,000,” the teller asked whether she would be cashing a check for that amount, the report stated.

“No, I’m taking the money,” the woman said, according to the report. “Don’t give me any dye packs.”

The police said the robber had not threatened to use a weapon.

A woman who was standing in line behind the robber told the police that she followed the suspect out of the building. The suspect walked north from Meeting and Calhoun streets.

But within minutes, responding officers saw a woman in pink sweatpants at Meeting and Hutson streets. She “matched the description,” the report stated, “and had money hanging out of her sweater pocket.”

Baines was taken into custody without a struggle.

It was the first time she had been arrested in South Carolina. But court records indicate that Baines has a criminal history in Florida.

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