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ROWLAND — With the help of some watchful residents, Rowland police have identified the man they say robbed an East Main Street bank in January and have issued a warrant for his arrest, according to Police Chief John Reaves.


Richard Cowart, of Starbridge Drive, Myrtle Beach, S.C., is already in jail in South Carolina, where he is charged with other armed robberies.


Rowland police say the 43-year-old Cowart, armed with a hangun, entered the BB&T branch on Jan. 23 and left with an undisclosed amount of cash, Reaves said.


“There were a couple of witnesses that saw him run from the bank and saw his vehicle,” Reaves said, noting the car was parked around the corner.


Reaves said a surveillance video that showed part of Cowart’s face also led him to become a suspect about a week after the armed robbery.


Reaves said after Cowart became a suspect, he learned he had been involved in other robberies in Conway, S.C. Cowart is currently in jail in Horry County, S.C., on charges that he robbed a CVS, a Rite-Aid and another BB&T.


Reaves said the police will try to have Cowart extradited to North Carolina.

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