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Eastern District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Serial Bank Robber from Philadelphia Sentenced to 12 Years

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Lamar Tindall, 45, of Philadelphia, PA, was sentenced to 12 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $2,955 in restitution by United States District Court Judge Joshua D. Wolson for robbing three separate BB&T Banks over a period of ten days in May 2019.

In January 2020, Tindall pleaded guilty to three counts of bank robbery, arising from his robberies of BB&T Banks in Philadelphia on May 14, 2019; Feasterville on May 17, 2019; and King of Prussia on May 23, 2019. During each robbery, Tindall handed a threatening note to a teller in order to receive money. For example, during the robbery on May 14, Tindall handed the frightened teller a note that read, “all 50’s and 100’s or ill shoot.” Tindall made off with a total of $3,650 as a result of these robberies. Philadelphia Police Department officers later arrested Tindall, who confessed to his crimes.

Tindall has a long rap sheet, which includes convictions for drug distribution offenses in 1999 and 2010, and a conviction for robbery of property of the United States in 2002. Because of his criminal history, the Court found Tindall to be a “Career Offender” under the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

“Robbing any type of business – whether it’s a bank, a corner store, or anything in between – is a serious federal offense that can carry stiff penalties, as Tindall can now attest,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “And even the threat of having and using a firearm during a robbery, regardless of whether or not you actually have one, will multiply the penalty. I want people to know that committing a violent crime in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania carries a tremendous risk of a long prison sentence, which is the point of our anti-violence public awareness campaign. You can learn more about this campaign on our District website.”

“Serial bank robbers like Lamar Tindall terrorize our communities,” said Michael J. Driscoll, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division.  “I would like to thank our law enforcement partners who assisted in bringing Mr. Tindall to justice and making our community safer.”

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Abington Township Police Department, the Conshohocken Police Department, the Lower Southampton Township Police Department, the Philadelphia Police Department, and the Upper Merion Township Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Lauren R. Baer and Kevin Jayne.

Contact: 
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY’S OFFICE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA Suite 1250, 615 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 JENNIFER CRANDALL Media Contact 215-861-8300 If you have not done so already, follow @USAO_EDPA and @USAttyMcSwain on Twitter to get the most up-to-date information about big cases and community news.
Updated September 2, 2020