On February 20, 2016 at 12:56 pm, officers were dispatched to the Sun Trust Bank which is inside the St. Albans Kroger at 1439 MacCorkle Ave. for a hold up alarm. Metro Dispatch advised officers a male had just approached a teller and demanded $10,000 be placed in a bag and added that if she complied no one would get hurt. The suspect had presented the teller with ID in the name of Chester Wayne Cyrus Jr. in an attempt to cash a check on his account. The suspect left the bank after cashing the check. Officers arrived on scene and spoke with the teller who was EXTREMELY upset.
Officers ran Cyrus’s name over the radio and an officer with another agency recognized the name and was able to make contact with the suspect’s daughter who said they had just been at the bank. She agreed to bring her father back to the back and a short time later the suspect was taken into custody outside of Kroger. The suspect admitted to telling the teller to put $10,000 in a bag and she wouldn’t be hurt but said he meant it to be a joke. He was processed and taken to jail to await arraignment.
Cyrus is 43 years old and is from Lincoln County.