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FBI looking for suspect in Okatie bank robbery early Tuesday

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office and the FBI are looking for a man they say robbed a bank near Sun City Hilton Head early Tuesday.

Marked and unmarked police cars lined William Pope Drive in Okatie Center as investigators searched for clues after they say an armed man wearing a black ski mask walked into CoastalStates Bank and demanded money.

Wearing a dark-colored, fishing-style hat and a dark-blue jacket with a Hargray patch on the left breast and left sleeve, the man entered the bank shortly after it opened at 8:30 a.m. with an unidentified weapon and demanded money, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

The cashier complied, giving him an undisclosed amount of cash.

The robber left in an unknown direction, according to the Sheriff's Office. No injuries were reported.

The man was described as white, 5-foot-8 and weighing about 160 pounds.

CoastalStates Bank sits by two other banks on William Pope Drive, though no other robberies were reported Tuesday.

The FBI, which handles all bank robbery cases nationwide, will lead the investigation.

From April through June, 22 banks were robbed in South Carolina, compared to 27 during the same period the year before, according to FBI statistics.

Bank robberies most frequently occur on Tuesdays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., according to bureau statistics.

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