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S.C. State Credit Union was robbed Thursday. The Orangeburg Department of Public Safety had a suspect in custody moments later.

John Albert Green, 32, of 1430 Beason Road, was taken into custody within one-quarter mile of the Boulevard Street bank, according to ODPS Inv. A. Black.

Green is facing one count of entering a bank with the intent to steal.

Officers learned of the robbery at 8:47 a.m. after someone called 911 and a clerk activated an emergency alarm.

Officers were on the scene within two minutes.

Black said four employees and one customer were inside the bank during the robbery. No one was hurt.

Green allegedly “slipped a teller a note requesting money,” Black said.

The teller complied with the orders and the robber left the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, Black said.

Officers said they found Green in someone’s yard.

Officers canvassed the areas of Carolina Avenue and Highland and Lattimore Streets for items the suspect may have discarded.

Last month, Green pleaded guilty to willful and malicious intent to burn.

Circuit Judge Ed Dickson sentenced him to prison for five years, suspended to two years of probation.

Green’s probation term is set to end on Jan. 8, 2021.

Back on March 17, 2016, Green pleaded guilty to giving false information to law enforcement.

Orangeburg County Magistrate Rob Clariday sentenced him to pay a fine or serve 30 days in jail.

If Green is convicted of entering a bank with intent to steal, he faces a maximum term of 30 years in prison.

Black said the case remains under investigation.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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