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Solicitor: Greenwood Co. man sentenced for armed bank robbery with alleged bomb

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GREENWOOD COUNTY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Eighth Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo announced an 18 year sentence of a Greenwood County man on Friday. 

According to the solicitor's office, 53-year-old, Thomas Allen Smith was given a guilty verdict by a Greenwood County jury. Just after 13 minutes of deliberation, he was declared guilty for the 2016 armed robbery of the South State Bank. 

Based on the report, in Feb. of 2016, Smith was identified as the armed robber after the viewing of the bank surveillance video. 

In this video, Smith first approached the teller in the bank and handed her a note that said he had a bomb and that she was to give him all of the money. The teller did as she was told and gave him all of the money, $2,330, and placed it in his bag, per the report. 

Once the armed robber had the money, he took the note and left the bank. He fled on foot and then got into his car, said Stumbo. 

A tip was called in about his vehicle's whereabouts and the location of his home, however he was not at his residence. 

The investigation continued, and another tip was called in reporting the armed robber's location. 

The Greenwood Co. SWAT team responded to his location at the America's Best Value Hotel and took Smith into custody. 

Solicitor Stumbo praised the work of his staff along with the Greenwood Co. Sheriff's Office in securing his conviction. 

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