Teens charged in bank robbery prohibited from HCS campus

Teens charged in bank robbery prohibited from HCS campus

MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) - For more than three months, the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office has been searching for a man they found on security footage after an armed robbery last October.

Now, that suspect and one other person are behind bars charged with robbing a Conway National Bank in Murrells Inlet. And to the surprise of many, those two men are actually teenagers.

"It's a waste of their life, a waste of our time, those kids are going to jail for a long time," said Paul Roberts, who was next-door when it all happened.

Investigators say it all happened late in the morning on October 13.

Deputies say Barrett Coker walked up to the teller and passed along a note saying he was armed. Investigators say he and Jeffrey Riggan then ran off with an unknown amount of money down Highway 17.

The sheriff's office quickly started an investigation which led them to the two teens. They say eventually the two confessed to the robbery and even say the whole thing was planned.

Coker is charged with armed robbery and both face conspiracy charges.

"It's heartbreaking to know that these kids had a life in front of them. And that right now they're looking at 20 years in prison," said Roberts.

An Horry County Schools spokesperson says both teens were students at St. James High School. Neither teen was on campus the day the robbery happened since all students had the day off for a teacher work day.

The school district says it is able to discipline the teens even though the robbery they're charged with happened outside of school, in fact district officials beginning the process for a hearing.

Spokesperson Teal Britton says even if the students do bond out, they will not be allowed on any Horry County School campus.

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