Van used in Lowcountry bank robbery stolen from Upstate, deputies say

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – New information came to light Tuesday related to the former Upstate police chief accused of his second bank robbery.

7News has uncovered exclusive details on the van that investigators say Richard Inman used to commit this crime.

It’s been a little over a week since the former Williamston police chief was arrested and charged with a second bank robbery since he left office back in 2011.

Now we’re learning the alleged get away car was, in fact, a van stolen from an Upstate charity.

According to Lt. Ryan Flood with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, a man came into the Miracle Hill Ministries Auto Lot on Wade Hampton Blvd. on Wednesday, March 20th inquiring about a white Freightliner van for sale on the lot.

Flood said the man asked to take the van for a test drive, handed over a driver’s license and never returned to the lot. 

 An official with Miracle Hill said the charity used the van to transport goods but once it was no longer needed they placed the van on the lot for sale.

That same van can be seen in video that news crews captured in the Lowcountry after authorities said former Williamston Police Chief Richard Inman robbed a Pawley’s Island bank by presenting a note that demanded money. 

Investigators said he then led authorities on a chase that ended when Charleston and Georgetown Co. sheriff’s deputies shot at him. 

Inman suffered minor injuries. 

According to a Georgetown County sheriff’s deputy, the van is now in the hands of the State Law Enforcement Division as agents continue their investigation.

7News made several calls to SLED Tueday asking when Miracle Hill will get the van back, but the calls went unanswered.

Miracle Hill Ministries declined an on-camera interview, telling 7News “We’re just happy to be getting the van back.” 

At the time of last week’s bank robbery, Inman was on probation for a 2017 bank robbery in Simpsonville. 

Inman resigned as Williamston police chief in 2011 at the mayor’s request over racist Facebook  messages.

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