Cheraw bank robbed; pair of suspects possible, police say

Cheraw bank robbed; pair of suspects possible, police say (Image 1)

CHERAW, SC (WBTW) – Cheraw Police Chief Jay Brooks tells News13 the First Citizens Bank on Market Street was robbed around 10 a.m. Thursday. 

The suspect reportedly showed the teller a note and got away with a little money after dropping some on the floor.

Chief Brooks initially said it sounded like the suspect, who did not show a weapon, was similar to the bank robbery suspect wanted in connection with a Darlington attempted robbery and Florence robbery Wednesday. 

However, the robber in the First Citizens Bank robbery on Thursday appears to look different from Wednesday's suspect.

Authorities think the First Citizens Bank suspect and the suspect from Wednesday's robbery and attempted robbery might be traveling together.

In Florence, the robbery happened at the TD Bank located at 121 Dozier Boulevard.  That suspect was caught on surveillance and is described as a white male possibly in his 20's, with a tattoo on the left side of his neck. 

The same subject was also caught on surveillance trying to rob the Bank of America on South Main in Darlington Wednesday afternoon.

Darlington Police released the suspect's name just before 11 a.m. Thursday.  He is identified as Michael E. Monaghan of Naples, Florida. Warrants have been issued for his arrest. 

He is believed to be driving a small four-door silver car possibly a KIA or Saturn.

Monaghan is wanted in connection with three robberies in Winter Park, Florida.

He is suspected to be traveling north. They think he might be traveling with the suspect in Thursday's Cheraw bank robbery.

Sgt. Kim Nelson with Darlington Police said the reason Monaghan didn't get any money from the Darlington bank was because the teller passed out when he gave her the note demanding money.

Police say Monaghan, who had a lollipop in his mouth during on robbery Wednesday, is considered armed and dangerous.

If you have any information you can call your local authorities. The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division assists with this investigation.

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