North Charleston police said a homeless man from New York has robbed three area banks since January -- two of them twice -- and that he had help in some of the heists.
Investigators on Wednesday charged Kevin Tony Smith, 47, with three more counts of entering a bank with intent to steal, for a total of five counts.
Authorities said he robbed the Wachovia Bank in Gaslight Square on Jan. 14 and June 18; the First Citizens Bank at 3356 Rivers Ave. on March 25 and Monday; and the BB&T branch at 2152 Northwoods Blvd. on March 24.
Smith, who police said is homeless, is being held on $1 million bail at the Charleston County Detention Center and is expected to have another bond hearing on the additional counts today.
Investigators have arrested two people accused of acting as Smith's accomplices in two of the robberies.
Shakema Claudette McClellan, 26, of North Charleston is charged with entering a bank with the intent to steal from the BB&T branch and the First Citizens branch on March 25.
She also is charged as an accessory after the fact to entering a bank with the intent to steal in the Wachovia robbery on Jan. 14.
Kerwyn Ian Fyfe, 38, of Charleston is charged with entering a bank with intent to steal for the First Citizens robbery on March 25, the Wachovia robbery on Jan. 14 and the BB&T robbery, according to Spencer Pryor, public information officer for North Charleston police.
Affidavits say detectives were canvassing local motels Monday following the latest First Citizens robbery when they received information leading them to a room at the Quality Inn on Northside Drive.
Officers found Smith inside and arrested him. McClellan gave investigators a statement admitting that she drove the getaway vehicle in two robberies, affidavits say.
She also told investigators that Fyfe was with them during the BB&T robbery, affidavits say.
McClellan is being held on $1 million bail. Fyfe is being held on $500,000 bail.
Pryor said it is possible that Smith will face more charges.