☷Hartsville Man Who Attempted Drive Thru Bank Robbery by Taxicab Sentenced to Six Years in Federal Prison
Federal Bureau of Investigation ( By Press Release office)
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Hartsville Man who Attempted Drive - Thru Bank Robbery by Taxicab Sentenced to 6 Years in Federal Prison Florence , South Carolina - - - Angel Luis Masdeu , 59 , of Hartsville , has been sentenced to 6 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to attempted bank robbery . Evidence presented to the court showed that on February 25 , 2021 , Masdeu took a taxicab to a bank in Hartsville where he directed the taxi 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 . After arriving on scene , 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 , to be 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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