Saint Louis –Monte Clayton Lynch, 49, of Saint Louis County, Missouri, was indicted today on one felony count of bank robbery stemming from a string of bank robberies that occurred last summer.
According to court documents, on July 26, 2019, Lynch entered the St. Louis Community Credit Union on Chippewa Street in Saint Louis, passed a teller a note demanding cash, and threatened that he had a gun. The teller handed Lynch approximately $5,100 in cash, which he took from the credit union after ensuring it had no dye packs.
This bank robbery was the first of at least six bank robberies that Lynch performed over 17-days. In total, he robbed banks in Saint Louis, Missouri; Nashville, Tennessee; Birmingham, Alabama; Tyrone, Georgia; and Prattville, Alabama. Lynch later confessed to his crime and noted that the motivation for robbing the banks was to pay for his cocaine addiction.
If convicted, the charge of bank robbery carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. In determining the actual sentences, a judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating this case. Assistant United States Attorney Jason Dunkel is handling the case.
Charges set forth in the Indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.