Young Rockwall Community Bank robber sentenced to 5 years in prison

DALLAS – A 19-year-old Garland man, who pleaded guilty in January to three bank robberies including the Rockwall Community Bank last summer, was sentenced to nearly five years in prison this morning by U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey in a Dallas federal courtroom.

Anthony Blue, robbed the State Bank of Texas in Garland and Community Bank in Rockwall on June 14. A month later he robbed the American National Bank in Quinlan.

He was caught after his own mother turned him in after she saw his photo on the website Bandittracker.com.

According to federal court documents, Blue began his robbery spree June 14 when he entered the State Bank of Texas, 517 W. Interstate 30 in Garland, and handed the teller a note reading:  “50′s, 100′s and no body gets hurt, sorry.”  He took the money and fled.

Later that same day, he handed the same note to an employee at Community Bank, 201 E. Kaufman St. in Rockwall, and took an undisclosed amount of cash, the documents stated.

A month later, July 8, he passed a note to a teller and robbed American National Bank in Quinlan using a different note that read, “Empty Drawer 20′s, 50′s 100′s, 5 seconds.” He took the money and fled.

Shortly after the third robbery, Blue’s mother called the FBI saying that she believed the “Ear Lobe Bandit” (named for the large gauge earrings he wore) was her son.

She and her husband identified their son in surveillance videos and photos of the suspect in all three robberies after being questioned later by FBI agents.


By J.J. Smith, Publisher


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