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Two Charged in Federal Court with Bank Robbery

April 6, 2010

Memphis, TN - Clyde Dear, age of 39, and Cordaro Gilmer, age of 19, have been charged with Bank Robbery and Using a Firearm During a Crime of Violence in a Federal Complaint announced Lawrence J. Laurenzi, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee and My Harrison, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Memphis Division.  Bank Robbery carries a penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison.   The Firearms Charge carries a penalty of not less than seven years in prison and up to Life to be served consecutively to any other sentence.

According to the Complaint, on April 5, 2010, two men with hand guns robbed the Bancorp South located on Winchester Road.  One of the robbers allegedly demanded the tellers to give him the money and the tellers complied with the demand.  The robbers took the money and fled on foot and then by car.  The Complaint notes that a witness to the robbery followed the car until Memphis Police were notified and the alleged robbers refused to stop.  The chase continued until the suspect’s car wrecked.   During a search of the car, members of the FBI-Safe Streets Task Force found a pillow case containing a large sum of money with a Bancorp South label, a Ruger .9mm semi-automatic handgun, a Rossi Interarms .38 caliber revolver, as well as stocking caps, white gloves, and hooded sweatshirts that matched the sweatshirts in the surveillance photographs.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force.  The task force is comprised of officers from Memphis Police Department, Bartlett Police Department, Germantown Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, and agents from the FBI.  Assistant United States Attorney Tony Arvin is handling the case for the government.

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Note:  Charges brought against a person through a Complaint or an Indictment are accusations only.  That person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.




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