GREENWOOD Co., S.C. (WSPA) — It took a jury just minutes to find a Greenwood man guilty of robbing a bank while allegedly armed with a bomb.
Thomas Allen Smith, 53, was found guilty of robbing a South State Bank in Greenwood, Eighth Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo announced Friday.
Smith received an 18-year prison sentence.
Stumbo said the jury deliberated 13 minutes before returning the verdict.
In February 2016, a suspect later identified as Smith demanded money from a bank teller who was told he had a bomb.
Stumbo said the teller did as Smith demanded and handed over $2,330 to him before he fled the scene.
Investigators received a tip after photos of the robber and his car were shared with media outlets.
A tipster recognized the suspect’s vehicle, which was purchased not long before the robbery and was the getaway vehicle, Stumbo said.
Investigators searched Smith’s home and found clothing matching the ones worn by the robbing suspect. Smith was also identified by bank surveillance video.
“Bank robberies can have a devastating effect on the feeling of security in a community, from employees of the bank to the average citizen who hears about it and wonders if something like this will happen the next time they are at their own bank,” Stumbo said in a statement. “I cannot say enough about the excellent work of our law enforcement officers and their dogged persistence in bringing Thomas Allen Smith to justice. My office will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with our brothers and sisters in blue to keep our families safe.”