Surfside councilman taken from bank by police

Surfside Beach Town Councilman Randle Stevens yells at Wells Fargo staff on Aug. 20. (Source: The Chronicle)
Surfside Beach Town Councilman Randle Stevens yells at Wells Fargo staff on Aug. 20. (Source: The Chronicle)

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Surfside Beach councilman, Randle Stevens, was escorted from a local bank on Aug 20 after the bank refused to cash a check, according to a police report.

The report stated that Stevens, 62, became irate when employees at the Wells Fargo in Surfside wouldn't cash a check on Aug. 20 because they questioned its authenticity. A manager at the bank told police that a teller was suspicious of the check because the signature did not match the account holder's writing and Stevens could not produce two forms of ID.

When the teller told Stevens that she needed to contact the account holder to verify the signature, he became agitated, the report said. Stevens then called the person he said was the account holder and put the caller on speaker phone.

The manager told Stevens she couldn't verify that the person he called was the account holder and the bank wouldn't give him the check until the account holder had been contacted, the report said.

At that point, Stevens "became loud and boisterous and began yelling at them and announcing that he was a Surfside Beach town councilman," the report said. The bank staff then called 911.

Stevens was told to leave, but he refused to do so without getting the check back, the report said. After police arrived, an officer spoke with Stevens outside the bank.

Stevens told the officer that he had watched the account holder write the check. Bank officials later confirmed that the check was authentic.

The bank declined to pursue a trespassing charge, the report said. The councilman was not arrested.

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