Wanted suspect already was in jail

Lonnie Gasque

SUMMERVILLE -- A man Summerville police wanted for a bank robbery turned out not to be on the lam. He was being held in the Berkeley County jail on unrelated charges.

And as it turned out, the suspect could be linked not just to one, but to two, bank holdups, police Capt. Jon Rogers said Wednesday.

He said Lonnie Gasque, 37, of Loris, who is being held at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center, is now charged by Summerville with two counts of entering a financial institution with intent to steal.

Those charges relate to the Dec. 22 robbery at NBSC at 616 N. Main St., and to the Nov. 23 holdup at First Citizens Bank at 1801A Trolley Road.

Rogers said Gasque appeared in bond court Wednesday in Moncks Corner and was given a $200,000 surety bond.

After police announced Tuesday that Gasque had been identified as the Dec. 22 robbery suspect through bank camera photos, several residents called police to say he was in the Berkeley jail, Rogers said.

He said police were able to link Gasque to the Nov. 23 robbery by bank camera photos and investigation.

Gasque was being held in the Berkeley jail after being arrested Monday.

He was accused of stealing a toy at Fred's Super Dollar on College Park Road in the Ladson area and attempting to immediately return it to the store for a refund.

When a deputy asked the wanted man for an ID card, Gasque said he didn't have one. He then identified himself and the deputy found his driver's license, according to an incident report.

He was charged with shoplifting and giving false information to police.