Man indicted on charges of bank robbery
Samuel David Sanford III, 35, of Bacliff, has been indicted in the Eastern District of Texas, for the bank robbery of Chase Bank on December 19, 2012.
Sanford has been incarcerated since Dec. 21 in a Shreveport jail on drug charges.
He is also being held on an outstanding warrant from Galveston County with an aggravated robbery charge. It is also believed Sanford has committed other bank robberies in Louisiana.
The bank robbery charges in Orange stem from an incident when a caller called the Orange Police Department about what they had witnessed.
As a result, officers were dispatched to Chase Bank, located 3109 North 16th Street in reference to a robbery.
When officers arrived they were informed of the suspect entering the bank and demanding money. The man left the bank and got into a 2000 model, Ford F-150, single cab pickup, with an undetermined amount of money. The pickup was last seen traveling north on 16th Street towards Interstate 10 and heading towards Louisiana.
Police were informed by a witness at the scene of the robbery that they had spotted a vehicle and the suspect acting suspiciously. The witness had written down the license plate and had contacted investigators with the information. Investigators had already issued an attempt to locate on the vehicle and were able to match the information provided with the suspect’s vehicle.
Within a few days, OPD was contacted in reference to Sanford being arrested in Shreveport.
Sanford, if convicted of the bank robbery charges, faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.