West Pelzer man suspect in Wells Fargo Bank robbery


By Stan Welch

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office has a man in custody who is believed responsible for the Wells Fargo Bank Robbery in Greenville earlier today.

A photo from the surveillance was distributed by the Greenville County Sheriff’s office and upon seeing the photo, West Pelzer Police Chief Scott Stoller and recently hired officer Brandon Rogers both recognized the vehicle, a black pickup with the American flag emblazoned on the tailgate.

Chief Stoller contacted the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and Stoller and Rogers placed the residence where the truck was parked under surveillance, which was fairly simple since the house is separated from the municipal building by only the town park.

The suspect and vehicle left the location and traveled to Williamston, where an Anderson County Deputy initiated a traffic stop at the Stop N Go convenience store on Greenville Drive. The vehicle matched the description of the truck caught on surveillance video leaving the scene of the bank robbery at the Wells Fargo bank at 3043 White Horse Road, Greenville Monday morning.

James Brian Holmes, WM, 53, was taken into custody by Greenville County Sheriff’s Investigators.

Law enforcement officers were seeking a search warrant on the home as of Monday afternoon. The incident remains under investigation.

The suspect, pictured above, was described as a heavy-set white male, wearing a plaid shirt, baseball hat and Clemson facemask. According to reports, he approached a bank teller and demanded cash. No weapon was seen, however it was implied he had one. The suspect left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash in a black pick-up truck.

Holmes was officially charged with Armed Robbery on Tuesday. He is currently in the Greenville County Detention Center on a $15,000 bond.