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Man gets 12 years for bank robbery spree

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A  South Carolina man will spend up to 12 years in federal prison for robbing four banks in West Virginia and South Carolina in May 2010.

U.S. District Judge Thomas E. Johnston sentenced Samuel Glenn Garwood, 49, to 144 months in prison Friday. The judge called Garwood a "serial bank robber" and said his actions caused "terrible psychological effects" to the tellers.

On May 18, 2010, shortly after he started a term of supervised release on another federal bank robbery conviction, Garwood entered the First Federal Bank in North Charleston, S.C., and passed the teller a note demanding "loose 100, 50, 20" dollar notes with the additional order to "not say anything for five minutes, " according to court records.

Garwood walked away with $340, records state. Two days later, he robbed another bank in Goose Creek, S.C., of about $2,650.

He then made his way to West Virginia, where he robbed the Federal Credit Union in South Charleston of more than $4,000.

On June 1, Garwood robbed the Universal Federal Credit Union in Barboursville of $3,460.

Federal agents arrested Garwood on June 6. He admitted to all four robberies, records state.

Johnston ordered Garwood to pay $8,671 in restitution to the four banks.


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