Charlotte men guilty of bank job

YORK -- Four Charlotte men pleaded guilty last week for their role in a 2006 robbery at a Fort Mill Wachovia branch.

Brothers Douglas Glenn, 44, and Thomas Glenn, 45, along with Richard Hardesty, 26, and Richard Maurice Johnson, 35, each pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of armed robbery in the Sept. 18, 2006, incident, according to a release issued Friday from the 16th Circuit Solicitor's Office.

Judge Lee S. Alford handed down a 16-year sentence to Douglas Glenn, Hardesty and Johnson, the release states. Thomas Glenn received a 14-year sentence, according to the release. A fifth defendant is now deceased. No information was available on that person.

The charges against the group stem from a robbery at the Wachovia branch on S.C. 160 West near Tega Cay.

Thomas Glenn, Hardesty and Johnson entered the bank dressed in what police called "all white painter's type outfit" and bandanas that concealed their faces, according to a police report.

The group demanded that employees and customers drop to the floor and one of the men threatened to shoot a customer.

The men went behind the counter and took an undetermined amount of cash and also took $300 from a customer, the report notes.

The trio fled the bank in a stolen mini-van that was driven by the now-deceased fifth defendant, according to the news release.

When the group reached an arranged location, they abandoned the van. Douglas Glenn was waiting at that site in another vehicle that the group used to further flee the area, the release notes.

The men were booked at York County Detention Center in September 2007, according to the York County Sheriff's Office Web site.

"When the defendants were able to evade capture on Sept. 18, 2006, they probably thought they had gotten away with this crime," Assistant Solicitor Erin Joyner wrote in the press release. "It was through the hard work of the law enforcement officers of York County and other jurisdictions that this case was solved and these individuals were brought to justice."

The men remained in custody Saturday at the detention center.