Attempted drive-thru bank robber gets 6 years federal prison

Hartsville man took taxicab thru bank drive-thru
(Source: KAIT-TV)
Published: May. 3, 2022 at 3:58 PM EDT
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FLORENCE, S.C. (WMBF) - The Hartsville man who attempted to rob a bank from the drive-thru in a taxi was sentenced to six years in federal prison Tuesday.

Hartsville Man who Attempted Drive-Thru Bank Robbery by Taxicab Sentenced to 6 Years in Federal Prison

According to court records, on February 25, 2021, Angel Luis Masdeu, 59, took a taxicab to a bank in Hartsville where he told the cab driver to enter the drive-thru line and place an envelope in the pneumatic tube.

The bank teller received the envelope, which contained a torn, handwritten note demanding all money from all drawers and threatening to kill and/or blow up the bank.

The teller activated the alarm, and officers with the Hartsville Police Department were dispatched to the bank.

Responding officers located the taxicab in the drive-thru line and detained Masdeu.

Upon searching the taxicab, officers located several envelopes matching the envelope that was used to send the note and part of a torn paper matching the tear on the note.

Officers determined the taxi driver was not involved in the attempted bank robbery.

United States District Judge Sherri A. Lydon sentenced Masdeu to 72 months in federal prison, followed by a three-year term of court-ordered supervision. There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Hartsville Police Department.

This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally-based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Assistant United States Attorney Lauren Hummel prosecuted the case.

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