WINNSBORO — Just over 24 hours after robbing the First Citizens Bank in Ridgeway, 52-year-old Boyd William Rowe was arrested by Fairfield County Sheriff’s deputies on May 9.
Rowe walked into the bank at 3:02 p.m. last Thursday and demanded money from the teller. Reportedly, Rowe told the teller that he didn’t want any “funny money,” referring to dye packs.
That request would be a key clue to tracking down Rowe.
According to Chief Deputy Keith Lewis, Rowe robbed a bank years ago in Richland County and served federal time for the offense.
“I thought about him Thursday night because when he (Rowe) robbed that bank in Richland County years ago they put a dye pack in there and it exploded on him,” Lewis recollected.
On the First Citizens robbery, when Rowe demanded the money he specifically indicated he did not want a bag of money containing a dye pack.
Investigators worked on the case throughout Thursday night and came up with Rowe’s name mid-day Friday.
Rowe, who is originally from Ridgeway, was living at 234 Sandifer Road in Winnsboro.
During the investigation deputies learned that Rowe did not own a vehicle, but was in the habit of borrowing his neighbor’s vehicle.
The neighbor’s vehicle is a white pickup truck, which matched the description of the getaway vehicle.
After questioning the neighbor, investigators gathered that Rowe had borrowed the truck at 1 p.m. on Thursday and returned it at 5 p.m. on Thursday. The robbery occurred just after 3 p.m.
Rowe was picked up for questioning late Friday afternoon and then placed in jail that evening.
After securing a search warrant, officers recovered nearly $400 from a trashcan outside Rowe’s residence.
According to the sheriff’s office, the bank teller handed over $934 in cash to Rowe before and he ran out and got into a pick-up truck in an alley across the street by Laura’s Tea Room.
Witnesses reported that the truck then headed south and out of town toward Blythewood. There was no chase that ensued.
As of press time there was no bond set for Rowe because the sheriff’s office put a hold on him.