Suspect linked to 6th bank robbery


A homeless man from New York has been tied to a sixth Lowcountry bank robbery.

Charleston County sheriff's deputies have charged Kevin Tony Smith, 47, with bank robbery in connection with the Jan. 19 robbery at the BB&T branch at 1962 Sam Rittenburg Blvd.

Smith already is being held at the Charleston County Detention Center on five counts of entering a bank with intent to steal in connection with five bank robberies in North Charleston.

Deputies also charged Shakema Claudette McClellan, 26, of North Charleston with bank robbery after they say she drove the getaway vehicle for Smith. McClellan is already at the detention center charged with accessory after the fact to entering a bank with the intent to steal and two counts of entering a bank with the intent to steal.

Sheriff's Office affidavits say Smith robbed the Sam Rittenberg Boulevard bank at 4:23 p.m. by writing the teller a note that said, "This is a robbery, I have a gun, don't say anything."

McClellan told North Charleston police detectives investigating the other robberies that she drove Smith to and from the bank in a Ford Explorer, according to the affidavits. She told police that she dropped Smith off at the bank and acted as if she was pumping gas at a nearby convenience store as he robbed the bank.

The pair are expected to have another bond hearing soon.

Police also have tied a third suspect to some of the robberies. Kerwyn Ian Fyfe, 38, of Charleston is charged with three counts of entering a bank with intent to steal but is not charged in the Sam Rittenberg robbery.

North Charleston police say they caught all three suspects Monday while canvassing hotels after the latest robbery at a First Citzens branch.