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For Immediate Release

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April 14, 2011 DUSM Amanda Lyons, District of South Carolina  
(803) 765-5479
U.S. Marshals “Halt the Wheels” of Suspected Bank Robber

Myrtle Beach, SC – Anthony Joseph Jennings AKA: “Tony” was taken into custody on Wednesday April 13, 2011 by Operation Intercept, the U.S. Marshals fugitive led task force at a Tire Shop located on North Kings Hwy.  Jennings is a suspect in four bank robberies that have occurred in the Myrtle Beach area since February.  The most recent bank robbery occurred at the BB&T on Hwy. 501 in Conway, SC on April 4. 

Operation Intercept was contacted by the Conway Police Department to aid in the apprehension of this suspect.  In collaboration with Operation Intercept, Conway Police Department, the 15th Circuit Solicitors Office Drug Enforcement Unit, Horry and Georgetown County Sheriff’s Offices, and the Myrtle Beach Police Department arrested Jennings without incident while Jennings was having work done to his vehicle at the tire shop.  Jennings was transported to the J. Ruben Long Detention Center in Horry County where he awaits court proceedings.

Kelvin Washington, U.S. Marshal for South Carolina stated, “Our combined efforts with our law enforcement partners have again shown criminals they can attempt to run and hide.  This arrest has brought another dangerous fugitive to justice and should be a warning to others that the U. S. Marshals and our law enforcement partners will work tirelessly to keep this great state safe.  I applaud the efforts and commend the men and women who daily wear the badge and represent all facets of law enforcement.” 

Established in 1789, the United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. In fiscal 2010, the Marshals arrested more than 36,100 federal fugitives, clearing 39,400 felony warrants and arrested 11,072 sex offenders.  Marshal’s Service-led task forces like South Carolina’s Operation Intercept arrested 81,900 state and local fugitives, clearing 108,200 felony warrants. Locally, Operation Intercept arrested over 2,500 South Carolina fugitives during that same period.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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