Police say a man already wanted for a Conway bank robbery struck again Saturday afternoon.
And thanks to a Socastee area seven-year old young man, the police recovered a huge chunk of the money taken from Saturday’s robbery of the TD Bank in Murrells Inlet.
According to police, Brian Wilson Humphreys , Jr., 35, of Myrtle Beach robbed the Murrells Inlet bank shortly after noon on Saturday. He had already been named as the suspect in last week’s robbery of the Conway National Bank.
Police say bank employees loaded the stolen money with red dye packs that exploded shortly after the robbery.
A short time later, Griffin Steele and his dad Shane pulled into a convenience store at the corner of Coventry Road and Bypass 17 to put some air in Shane’s truck tires.
Shane needed change for the air machine so he and Griffin headed into the store. That’s when Griffin spotted a $20 bill in the parking lot.
“He handed the twenty to me and it didn’t look quite right,” Shane said. “It was red and just didn’t feel right so I had the clerk check to see if it was real. She said it was okay.”
He put the bill into his pocket and didn’t think anything else about it.
While Shane was pumping air in the tires, Griffin opened a drink and found the nearest trash can to discard the plastic top.
And that’s when Griffin became a part of the whodunnit.
“I looked in the trash can and saw a ton of money,” Griffin said. “I’d never seen that much money before. And it was all covered in red stuff.”
He called his dad over to check out his amazing discovery.
Shane ambled over to check out the trash can and stopped in his tracks.
“The can was full of money,” Shane said. “I knew something was up with it but I had no idea what. There were 20s, 50s, and 100s and then lots of bills banded together in stacks and most of it was covered in some red, sticky dye.”
He said he knew that much money had to belong to somebody so he waited until other drivers had cleared the area and then pulled the trash bag full of cash out of the can.
“I had another trash bag in my truck so I put the new bag in the can and the one full of money in my truck,” he laughed. “Anybody watching must have wondered why I was changing the trash cans for the store.”
He called his friend Bill, a local law enforcement officer, who told him Griffin had just found the money taken in the bank robbery earlier that day. He suggested Shane call 911 right away.
The police had earlier received reports of money found at the Glenns Bay Road intersection just south of where Griffin had found the money in the trash can. It didn’t take long for them to roll into the lot where Griffin and Shane were anxiously waiting.
With a serious tone in his voice, Griffin said the police had his dad fill out some papers “and then the detectives investigated the crime scene. I didn’t know anything about dye packs before now.”
Shane said everything kind of happened so quickly and he didn’t have time to reflect on the afternoon’s events until later.
“You always hear about people finding lots of money somewhere and you wonder what you would do if it happened to you,” Shane said. “I’m glad God led me to show Griffin how to do the right thing and return it to its rightful owners.”
As for the young man who found the bank’s money, Griffin said he’ll for sure tell his friends all about it.
Sporting a very confident smile, Griffin offered, “It’s pretty exciting. I’m glad I could crack the case for them.”