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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Indiana

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tennessee man sentenced for multiple bank robberies in Indiana, Missouri and Georgia

Implied to the tellers in all three that he had a gun

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Evansville – United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler, announced today that Heath B. Clark, 44, of Pleasant View, Tennessee, was sentenced to 100 months (over eight years) in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young following his guilty plea to the bank robberies of the Woodforest National Bank in Evansville, Indiana; the Bank of Bolivar in Springfield, Missouri; and the Fifth Third Bank in Kennesaw, Georgia. The case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Violent Crimes Task Force, the United States Marshals Service and the Evansville, Indiana, Police Department.

On March 9, 2015, Clark walked into Fifth Third Bank located inside a Kroger grocery store in Kennesaw, Georgia and passed the teller a note that stated, “You are being robbed. I have a gun.” Clark then told the teller, “If you don’t empty your drawer I’m going to shoot you” and “You have six seconds to empty your drawer before I shoot you.” The teller stated that Clark never showed her a gun, but she believed he had one. The teller gave Clark the money from her drawer, and Clark left the bank. Clark robbed approximately $11,515 from the bank.

On March 19, 2015, Clark entered the Woodforest National Bank located inside the eastside Evansville Walmart. Clark handed a note to the bank manager which stated, “Don’t hit the [expletive] alarm.” The manager stated that Clark did not show or say he had a gun but he held his hand in his pocket insinuating that he had one. Clark then told the manager, “Give me all the money.” While waiting for the manager to put money into a bag, Clark unknowingly dropped a Tennessee Driver’s License and a green dot Gold Visa Debit card on the bank floor. The ID was for Heath Brent Clark, and the picture on the ID card matched the appearance of Clark. The manager gave Clark money from his drawer, and Clark left the bank with his ID card on the floor of the bank. Clark robbed approximately $830 from the bank.

On March 23, 2015, Clark entered the Bank of Bolivar located in Springfield, Missouri and handed the bank teller a note that said, “Don’t hit the alarm or I will [expletive] kill you.” The teller complied with Clark’s threats and gave him all of the cash from her drawer. Clark robbed approximately $8,610 from the bank.

On March 24, 2015, the United States Marshals Service located Clark at a casino in Robinsonville, Mississippi. Clark had over $2,000 cash in his possession at the time of arrest.

All three banks were insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

According to Assistant United States Attorney Kyle M. Sawa, who prosecuted the case for the government, Clark must make full restitution to the banks and serve three years of supervised release following his release from prison.

Updated January 24, 2017