Suspect's true identity discovered by police

Dec. 19, 2012 @ 05:51 PM

You can lie about your identity, you might even have a fake ID, but it’s pretty hard to fool police for long when your fingerprints are in a law enforcement database.

That’s what happened to the accused robber initially identified as 68-year-old Marvin Leroy Anderson of Taylors, S.C., who police now say is really Arthur Charles Smith, 57, of the same city.

Smith and two other men are accused of robbing the CVS pharmacy on Winfield Dunn Parkway Monday. A witness at the pharmacy saw the license plate of their car and gave information on the vehicle to police, who caught the trio when they wrecked their car after a brief chase. Smith was booked at the Sevier County Jail Tuesday after he was released from an area hospital.

Once authorities at the Sevier County Jail entered his fingerprint in a national database, they obtained information on his real identity and learned he was wanted on additional charges by the U.S. Marshals Service.

All three men now face charges including aggravated robbery, reckless endangerment and weapons charges.

jfarrell@themountainpress.com