Update: Columbus County Sheriff’s Office advises residents to remain vigilantbladenonline 01/24/2018 1 COMMENT
The search for at least two suspects involved in a Robeson County bank robbery is ongoing in the Silver Spoon Road and Bill Hooks Road area in northern Columbus County, according to Michelle Tatum, who is a spokesperson with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office. Schools in the immediate area have been placed on lockdown for precautionary measures.
“We want to ensure the safety of your children during this search,” said Tatum.
Columbus County Sheriff Lewis Hatcher wants to assure everyone that the area is contained. He urged citizens in the area and surrounding areas to secure their property, according to Tatum. Make sure all doors are locked, including your vehicles, and remove any keys that may be outside.
Multiple agencies are assisting or have assisted the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office with the search including Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Lumberton Police Department, and North Carolina State Highway Patrol. The law enforcement agencies responding are utilizing multiple resources to locate the suspects. Law enforcement are currently searching for at least two black males, said Tatum.
If you see anything suspicious, please contact 911 immediately.