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Hardin County man sentenced to federal prison for bank robbery

BEAUMONT – A Kountze man has been sentenced to federal prison for bank robbery in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Damien M. Diggs.

Timothy Shane Mitchell, 39, pleaded guilty to bank robbery and was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone on Oct. 31, 2023.

According to information presented in court, on June 6, 2022, Mitchell robbed the Lumberton branch of the Community Bank of Texas.  Mitchell approached a teller’s station at the bank and gave the teller a note demanding money.  Mitchell told the teller he had a gun, which he threatened to use if she alerted authorities.  The teller gave Mitchell a stack of currency and he left the bank.  The teller immediately activated the panic button alerting police to the robbery.  Witnesses were able to describe Mitchell’s vehicle, which was apprehended shortly after the robbery.  Mitchell was arrested and the $5,860 in currency was recovered at that time.

This case was investigated by the Lumberton Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph R. Batte.

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Davilyn Walston

Public Affairs Officer/Law Enforcement Coordinator

U.S. Attorney’s Office

Eastern District of Texas

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