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A Missouri man admitted to a highly unusual bank robbery, one that saw him scribble a demand note on the back of his own birth certificate, all while wearing a court-ordered ankle monitor that subsequently confirmed his presence at the scene.
Michael Conley Loyd, 30, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to one count of bank robbery in connection with the 2021 robbery, the Department of Justice announced Thursday.
On July 20, 2022 prosecutors say Loyd entered a Springfield Bank of America and approached a teller, to whom he passed a note demanding cash.
"Give Your Money Now,” the note stated, Missouri television station KRCG reported. “Don’t Say Anything. I Have A Partner Outside."
Authorities said the note was written in pink highlighter on the back of Lloyd’s own birth certificate. Shortly after Loyd fled the scene in black Dodge Ram pickup truck, authorities were tipped off by his roommate’s boyfriend, who divulged the 30-year-old was behind the recent bank robbery.
Police swiftly located Loyd at a nearby mobile trailer park. He later confessed to robbing the Bank of America.
Investigators later learned Loyd had been wearing a court-ordered ankle monitor as part of a state supervised release. The device also placed him at the scene of the hold-up, according to federal prosecutors. He’d been ordered to wear the device following his involvement in a past robbery, per KRCG.
Under questioning following his arrest, Loyd said he’d orchestrated the ill-planned bank robbery to “prove a point” to his girlfriend, Local12.com reported.
“Loyd told investigators that he expected to receive prison time and he would take full responsibility for whatever punishment he was to receive,” charging documents stated.
Loyd also told authorities he’d tossed his birth certificate — along with an undisclosed amount of cash — out the window of his truck after seeing police lights speeding towards the Springfield bank as he drove off in the opposite direction, per KRCG. It’s unclear how much money he disposed of or if it was recovered.
Authorities said Loyd ultimately stole $754 from the Springfield bank.
Loyd now faces a possible maximum 20-year prison sentence, as well as a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date hasn't yet been set, per federal prosecutors.
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