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Investigators find 26 animals in bank robbery suspects' home

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MECHANICSVILLE (KWWL) -

Tuesday morning, investigators were looking for clues in a Mechanicsville mobile home surrounding a bank robbery.

Authorities say 24-year-old Andrew Palmer and 22-year-old Shiloh Palmer, robbed the exchange bank in Martelle.

Deputies also say 41-year-old Peter Olinger and his wife 25-year-old Elizabeth Olinger - who lived in that mobile home - were the get away drivers.

Jones County Sheriff's Office says the Palmer brothers entered the bank carrying long guns, robbing it at gunpoint and walking out with cash.

Waiting outside driving the get-a-way car, their brother-in-law Peter Olinger.

 Deputies say he's accused of driving the two to the bank, and taking off in a white Buick Lesabre, with no license plates headed northbound on Hwy 1.

Olingers wife, Elizabeth Olinger met the trio in another car - ditching the original get away car, leaving it on fire along Hwy 1.

"Well I noticed [Elizabeth], but you know I normally see [Peter] outside and stuff, but you wouldn't think they were part of a bank robbey," said Bobbie Fenton.

Fenton lives just across the street from the Olinger's trailer.

She says the couple was nice, but investigators say their home sure wasn't, calling it "unsanitary" and "horrific"

"I've seen dogs, like two or three dogs," said Fenton.

However, authorities say they found nearly 30 animals - 10 dogs, a dozen cats, among other pets all in good condition.

The pets were taken to an area animal shelter, according to the Jones County Sheriff's Office.

"You wouldn't think they'd be bank robbers," said Fenton. "Epecially living here in Mechanicsville."

Investigators also found some of the stolen money inside their trailer, however the exact amount is still unknown.

The Palmer brothers are charged with first degree robbery. The Olinger's charged with aiding and abetting to robbery first degree.

The investigation and collection of evidence will continue over the next several days.

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