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Police called it a brazen robbery.  

It happened just after 10 a.m. Friday.  

A suspect walked in the BB&T location on Patrick Street in Charleston, handed the teller a note that said he had a weapon and would use it, and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Despite it all, Charleston Police said they felt optimistic about the finding their suspect.

"We feel good about that at this point," said Lt. Steve Cooper with the Charleston Police Department.  "No one was injured.  We feel good about that.  We are now working, our entire detective bureau and working with some of our undercover guys, and with the FBI on this bank robbery investigation."

Despite the brazen nature of this crime, local businesses said it's a safe neighborhood.

Sy Nguyen is a manicurist in a business next to the bank.  He said,  "I've been here six years, and nothing like that happens around here.  That's why I was shocked.

He's not the only one.  Cody Fisher is a customer of the BB&T.  He said he's shocked that his bank would be a target for a criminal.   "Grow up.  Get a job," said Fisher.  "That's what all of us have to do to support our families.  Turn to robbing a bank, I mean you're just taking someone else's money.  That's pretty hard up and pretty desperate."

In a part of Charleston's Westside that is surrounded by shops and businesses, many people we spoke with said they never expected this.  

At the end of the day, Nguyen says in desperate times, some will resort to desperate measures.  "Business has been slow everywhere and the economy.  I guess people just don't want to work for money now.  I guess they have to resort to stealing.

If you have any information on this case, you are asked to contact Charleston Police.

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