Lawfuel – The Law Newswire – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorn…

Lawfuel – The Law Newswire – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Jonathan I. Solomon, Special Agent in Charge, of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Amos Rojas, Jr., Special Agent in Charge, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, announce that defendants Theodore Wilson Morgan, Craig Allen Sloan, and Robert Nicholas Pollinger were charged yesterday in a criminal complaint in Miami federal court. The complaint charges the defendants with conspiracy to commit bank robbery and bank robbery. If convicted, the defendant’s face a maximum statutory term of twenty (20) years’ imprisonment on each charge.

Since April 2007, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, under the auspices of FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, have been investigating a series of bank robberies that occurred in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. The complaint lists various robberies, including the April 30, 2007 robbery of Colonial Bank, Miami Beach; the May 7, 2007 robbery of Great Bank of Florida, Miami Beach; the May 9, 2007 robbery of Flager Bank, Lighthouse Point, Florida and the attempted robbery on May 14, 2007 of Regions Bank, Miami Beach.

According to the criminal complaint, defendant Theodore Wilson Morgan was the leader of the group, and recruited and directed Pollinger and Sloan to participate in the bank robberies. Pollinger and Sloan helped plan the robberies by walking into the banks to gather intelligence prior to the robberies. During their surveillance visits, Pollinger and Sloan would note the presence of guards, security glass, and overall bank layout. According to the complaint affidavit, Morgan would then enter the respective bank, place a black box on the counter, and hand the teller a note indicating that the box contained a bomb and demanding cash. After the banks were robbed, the money was divided among the three defendants.

The estimated loss from the defendants’ robberies of four banks in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties is approximately $15,000.

Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ,the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Miami Beach Police Department for their work on this case. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stefanie Moon.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov/ or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov/.

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