$1M bail for bank heists

Kevin Smith

A homeless man from New York was charged Tuesday with robbing the same North Charleston bank twice in the past three months and is a suspect in the robbery of another of the city's banks last week.

Kevin Smith, 47, appeared in Charleston County Bond Court Tuesday night charged with two counts of entering a bank with intent to steal. He is accused of robbing the First Citizens Bank at 3356 Rivers Ave. on March 25 and again on Monday. His bail for the two crimes was set at $1 million.

Smith also is a suspect in the Friday robbery of the Wachovia Bank in Gaslight Square, North Charleston Police spokesman Spencer Pryor has said.

In bond court Tuesday, North Charleston police detective Greg Boone called Smith a flight risk and asked Magistrate Alvin E. Bligen to set the maximum bail. Smith has a criminal history, is homeless and is from New York, Boone said.

North Charleston police arrested Smith on Monday evening at a hotel on Ashley Phosphate Road. Police found him after canvassing the area after the robbery, Capt. Scott Decker said Monday.

Monday's robbery brings the total number of North Charleston banks robbed in June to four.

Three Mount Pleasant banks have been robbed this month, including one at 3:38 p.m. Monday.

Reach Diane Knich at 937-5491 or dknich@postandcourier.com.