Crime & Courts

Police: Apologetic suspect in Indian Land ATM robbery arrested


Lancaster County authorities have arrested the man they say apologized to a woman after robbing her at an Indian Land ATM Monday night.

Paul Thomas Morgan, 22, of Indian Land, was arrested Wednesday and charged with common law robbery, said Doug Barfield, a spokesman for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators released surveillance images of the suspect in the robbery and identified Morgan after receiving calls from residents who told police they recognized him.

The robbery happened around 9:30 p.m. Monday when a woman pulled up to an ATM at the Founders Federal Credit Union on Charlotte Highway to withdraw cash, officials have said. The suspect was apparently watching the ATM from the grassy area near the back parking lot and walked up to her car from the rear, pulled his shirt up to partially conceal his head and face and demanded money.

The suspect told the victim he would not hurt her if she withdrew money and handed it over, police said. She complied, and the robber apologized before fleeing on foot.

Before his arrest Wednesday, Morgan contacted a local attorney, who made arrangements for him to turn himself in, Barfield said. He is being held at the Lancaster County Detention Center.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala