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Bank Robber Sentenced To More Than Eight Years

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

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Courtney Wayne Littlejohn, 41, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced late Friday, September 15, 2017, to 100 months in prison on bank robbery charges, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. also ordered Littlejohn to serve three years under court supervision after he is released from prison.


U.S. Attorney Rose is joined in making today’s announcement by John A. Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Charlotte Office, and Chief Kerr Putney of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD).


According to court documents and the sentencing hearing, on the morning of January 28, 2016, an individual later identified as Littlejohn entered the Fifth Third Bank branch located at 7530 Pineville-Matthews Road in Charlotte. Littlejohn walked up to a bank teller and passed her a handwritten note indicating a bank robbery and that he was armed. The teller complied and Littlejohn fled the bank with $1,045 in cash. Court records show that at approximately 9:40 a.m. on February 13, 2016, Littlejohn robbed a branch of PNC Bank located at 7852 Arboretum Drive in Charlotte. Littlejohn again approached the bank teller and handed her a handwritten note that read generally, “Give me all the cash so I don’t have to use this weapon.” The teller gave Littlejohn $1,216 in cash and he fled the scene.


According to court records, the tellers of both banks indicated that the perpetrator had a distinctive birthmark under one of his eyes. Over the course of the investigation and based on information gathered from the victims and other sources, law enforcement determined that Littlejohn had two tiny teardrop-shaped tattoos under his left eye, and that it appeared Littlejohn had attempted to cover them before committing the robberies.


Littlejohn pleaded guilty in March 2017 to two counts of bank robbery. He is currently in federal custody and will be transferred to custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.


The investigation was led by the FBI and CMPD. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Gleason, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, prosecuted the case.


Updated September 18, 2017

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