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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 23, 2021

Wilmington Man Receives 56 Months for Bank Robbery

RALEIGH, N.C. – A Wilmington man was sentenced today to 56 months in prison for bank robbery.  On June 9, 2021, Glenn Alin Martinoff pled guilty to the charge.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Martinoff, 68, entered the Dogwood State Bank in Wilmington on January 10, 2021 while brandishing a large screwdriver and wearing a surgical mask, gloves, sunglasses, and baseball cap. Martinoff went behind the teller counter, stated that it was a robbery and took $6,460 before fleeing. Investigators responded and obtained surveillance video, including that of Martinoff’s getaway vehicle, and were able to determine that the car was for sale at a nearby dealership. At the dealership, investigators found the getaway vehicle and a copy of Martinoff’s license, which he had provided when he took the vehicle for a test drive earlier that day. Investigators then obtained a search warrant for Martinoff’s apartment and upon executing the same, recovered the stolen cash, along with clothing items worn by Martinoff during the robbery, and the screwdriver. Martinoff has two prior federal bank robbery convictions from 1991 and 1996.

G. Norman Acker, III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Wilmington Police Department investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Stephany prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina implements the PSN Program through its Take Back North Carolina Initiative. This initiative emphasizes the regional assignment of federal prosecutors to work with law enforcement and District Attorney’s Offices on a sustained basis in those communities to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking, and crimes against law enforcement.

Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No. 7:20-CR-00186-BO.

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated September 23, 2021