United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Wilford Richard Tracy was sentenced to 63 months of imprisonment on March 11, 2020. Tracy pled guilty to the bank robbery charge in December 2019. United States District Court Judge Callie V. Granade imposed the sentence and ordered that when Tracy is released from imprisonment, he will serve three years of supervised release and refrain from frequenting any gaming establishment.
Court records established that on July 12, 2019, Tracy robbed the First Bank on Dauphin Island Parkway in Theodore, Alabama. Tracy wore a ball cap and aviator sunglasses into the bank and handed a note to teller stating: “BE CALM GIVE ME ALL YOUR MONEY NO TRACKING DEVICE I HAVE A GUN.” No weapon was seen by anyone at the scene although the defendant kept one hand in his pocket as though it was on a weapon. The teller gave Tracy $1,520 and Tracy fled with the money. A camera at a business next to the bank captured a man fitting the description of the bank robber getting into a vehicle and fleeing the scene. Agents were able to identify Tracy from the video and arrested him the same day. Tracy had the money from the bank robbery in his possession when arrested.
At the time of the robbery, Tracy was on federal supervised release for a 2015 federal conviction based on Tracy’s 911 calls claiming bombs had been placed at various high schools in Mobile. Tracy was also previously convicted in federal court in 2009 for bank robbery.
The case was investigated by the Mobile Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Violent Crimes Task Force. It was prosecuted in the United States Attorney’s Office by Assistant United States Attorney George F. May.