Deputies: Threat to school linked to planned bank robbery

Willie Edwards

Source: Georgetown County Sheriff's Office

Georgetown County Sheriff's investigators say they discovered a criminal conspiracy Wednesday that centered around a possible threat to a local school and bank.

Investigators say they were contacted by officials with the Georgetown County Detention Center that three men in jail were planning a bank robbery.

GCSO says three suspects planned to create a diversion at the Waccamaw Elementary School's rear sports field and adjoining parking lot, which are areas not occupied by students.

The diversion was intended to distract sheriff's deputies from a bank robbery, which was planned for the Wells Fargo Bank, located on Ocean Highway in the Litchfield Community of Georgetown County, according to investigators.

GCSO says the three suspects are Ryan L. Bonneau, of North Charleston, Willie Edwards, of Pawleys Island, and Michael Hart, of Georgetown.

The Sheriff's Office worked with the Georgetown County School District to make sure students and faculty weren't in any serious or imminent danger.

Bonneau, Edwards, and Hart are each charged with one count of Criminal Conspiracy.

All three suspects were being housed at the Georgetown County Detention Center on unrelated charges.