Summerville bank robbery suspect also charged with shoplifting

Lonnie Gasque

SUMMERVILLE -- The night before police issued an all points bulletin for bank robbery suspect Lonnie Dwayne Gasque, he was jailed in an adjacent county on a shoplifting charge.

Gasque, 37, of Mockingbird Lane, Loris, is still in the Hill-Finklea Detention Center in Moncks Corner, accused of two bank robberies. Summerville police went to jail on Wednesday and served warrants charging Gasque with two counts of entering a financial institution with intent to steal, in connection with robberies Dec. 22 bank at National Bank of S.C. at 616 North Main St.; and Nov. 23 at First Citizens Bank at 1801A Trolley Road, Summerville police Capt. Jon Rogers said.

He said Gasque’s bail was set at $200,000.

Summerville police who had been reviewing bank surveillance camera photos identified Gasque as the robber, with the help of citizens who had seen the photos in newspapers and on TV. An APB was issued on Tuesday for Gasque.

Rogers said Wednesday that tipsters quickly notified police that Gasque was not on the run, and that he was behind bars Berkeley County.

According to a Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office report, Gasque was arrested about 8:30 p.m. Monday after a College Park Road store manager reported someone acting suspiciously in the store. A deputy encountered Gasque trying to leave the store, and although the suspect said he had no ID, he reportedly gave his real name. He told the deputy he had come to the store to buy an item, according to the report.

The manager, the report maintains, told the deputy Gasque took a “toy claw game” valued at $24.95 from a shelf and to the counter, and claimed he was returning it. A review of the store’s surveillance video showed Gasque entering the store without the item, and heading to a shelf and picking up the item, then taking it to the counter, the report said.

The sheriff’s office charged Gasque with shoplifting and giving false information to police. His drivers license was found when he was searched, the report said.