A highly visible Wachovia bank on Rivers Avenue was robbed Monday for the second time in 28 days, and police think the same man might be behind both attacks.
The bank is located at 5561 Rivers Ave., adjacent to the Gaslight Square Shopping Center.
In both instances, the robberies came on a Monday at about 10 a.m. The suspect in both robberies is a white male, possibly Hispanic, in his 40s. Bank employees also identified Monday's robber as the same person in both holdups. The first robbery took place Jan. 7.
Monday's robber wore a white jacket with the word "Baltimore" on the back. He has dark hair and was wearing glasses.
In both hits, a man gave a handwritten note to a teller advising them to cooperate and no one would be hurt. No weapons were displayed in either incident. Each time, the suspect left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was hurt in either holdup.
After both incidents, the robber ran down the sidewalk in front of the businesses in Gaslight Square toward Remount Road before heading to the back of the shopping center.
A woman who answered the phone at the branch Monday afternoon declined comment. Customers who were turned away while a technician looked for fingerprints were taken aback. "Hit again?" one man said.
North Charleston Police cordoned off the area around the shopping center for about an hour Monday to look for the suspect.
In 2007, North Charleston reported seven bank robberies. There have been two so far this year, both at the Wachovia.
The branch has been robbed at least twice before, in 2000 and 1995, according to Post and Courier archives. Both incidents led to arrests.
Any one with information should contact North Charleston Police at 554-5700 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.