Man gets 30 years for back-to-back bank robberies in Beaufort County

BEAUFORT COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A 51-year-old man was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Thursday for two bank robberies that happened in Beaufort County in May of this year.

Court officials say David Boyd pleaded guilty to two counts of bank robbery and two counts of making a bomb threat for the May 1 robbery of Bank of America in Bluffton, and the May 2 robbery of another Bank of America on Hilton Head.

Judge Carmen Mullen handed down the maximum sentence to Boyd, who previously was convicted on federal charges in 1995 for robbing two banks near Naples, Fla.

"He was a ticking time bomb," said assistant solicitor Ben Shelton of the Beaufort County Career Criminal Prosecution Unit. "Whenever he faced adversity, Mr. Boyd turned to crime and this was the most brazen, vicious crime of his 25-year criminal history. We are very pleased to see him receive the maximum sentence."

Boyd also pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of forgery for stealing and cashing his girlfriend's check and breach of trust for borrowing a 1997 Honda Civic from a co-worker and never returning it.

Authorities say on May 1, Boyd, who did not conceal his identity, walked into the Bank of America in Bluffton and handed the teller a note that stated he had a bomb and demanded money.

The teller complied and he left the bank without incident.

The following day, a worker at Walmart on Hilton Head recognized a man trying to return items as the robber and called police. Boyd left the store and was involved in a minor collision in the parking lot.

Investigators say a few minutes later, he walked into the Bank of America on the north-end of Hilton Head and produced a note that stated he had a bomb and demanded money. The teller complied and Boyd left the bank.

He was spotted and arrested a short time later at a neighboring hotel, Quality Inn & Suites, 200 Museum Street. He confessed to robbing the banks.

By law, Boyd must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole or any other early release mechanism.

Boyd had lived in the area for the past several years, working first as a cook of a south-island restaurant and then as deli manager of a mid-island grocery store.

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