Officials identify robbery suspect


The FBI has named a suspect in a string of bank robberies in four states.

Chad E. Schaffner, 36, is wanted on two counts of bank robbery and two counts of using a firearm during a bank robbery, an FBI press release said. Schaffner is a suspect in at least 10 bank robberies since early May in Kentucky, Tennessee and the Carolinas, it said.

One of the robberies was in June at the First National Bank in Mount Pleasant. Other South Carolina banks hit were in Forest Acres and Myrtle Beach.

The heavily tattooed robber is loud and abrasive, orders people to the ground and never bothers to disguise himself.

Officials recently began putting his image on billboards in 10 states in the hope that someone would recognize him.

"The FBI, through its partnership with Lamar Outdoor Advertising and Outdoor Advertising Association of Georgia, was able to identify Schaffner as a direct result of the billboard initiative," the release said.

Officials late Thursday didn't respond to requests for information about where Schaffner lives.

He is described as 6 feet tall and 200 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

He might be driving a black 1994 GMC Jimmy with Tennessee license plate 360 WLN, or a red 1994 Chevrolet S10 pickup with South Carolina plate EVE 177.

In two of the heists, the robber was seen with a Bluetooth device in his ear and a two-way radio.

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