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Georgia Man Sentenced to Federal Prison in South Carolina Staged Bank Truck Robbery of $1.9 Million

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Carolina

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Terry Tyrone Pollard, 28, of Cedartown, Georgia was sentenced to more than five years in federal prison after being convicted of conspiracy to commit bank larceny and bank larceny.

Evidence presented to the court at trial established that in early January 2021, a Garda employee recruited Pollard and three others to pretend to rob him at which point he would claim to be a victim of an armed robbery. After formulating the plan over Snapchat, Pollard and the co-defendants traveled from Cedartown, Georgia to the Garda employee’s apartment in North Charleston on Jan. 15, 2021. Later that day, they drove around North Charleston scouting potential locations. On Jan. 16, 2021, the Garda employee parked his truck outside a Bank of America ATM located at 5600 Core Road. Pollard and the co-defendants approached the driver and pretended to restrain him at gunpoint. Pollard and the co-defendants then loaded $1.9 million in cash into black trash bags and immediately fled the area back to Georgia. During the investigation, North Charleston Police Department investigators became skeptical of the driver’s statements and alerted the FBI of the potential inside job. Several hours after the bank larceny, Pollard was back in Cedartown and a co-defendant posted a Snapchat video of Pollard holding a large stack of stolen cash in front of his face. He was arrested shortly after. Five days after his arrest, Pollard called an associate from jail over a recorded line and asked him to delete his phone records.

The five individuals involved were indicted in federal court. Four of those individuals pled guilty. Pollard went to trial and was found guilty of conspiracy to commit bank larceny and bank larceny in March 2023. Pollard has a prior armed robbery conviction on his record.

United States District Judge Bruce Hendricks sentenced Pollard to 63 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release.

This case was investigated by the FBI Columbia Field Office and the North Charleston Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Emily Limehouse and Chris Lietzow prosecuted the case.



MEDIA CONTACT:   Veronica Hill, Public Affairs Specialist, U.S. Attorney’s Office,, (803) 929-3000

Updated June 26, 2024