Man pleads guilty in March bank robbery

2014-07-29T13:30:00Z 2014-07-29T23:56:04Z Man pleads guilty in March bank robberyBy EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A 43-year-old man with a criminal record that includes felony theft, arson, forgery and attempted robbery pleaded guilty Tuesday to robbing a Billings bank in March.

Robert Bruce Scollard appeared before District Judge Russell C. Fagg and admitted that he robbed American Federal Savings Bank, 455 S. 24th St. W., on March 7.

In exchange for his plea, the state is seeking a sentence of 15 years to the Montana State Prison, with five years suspended. Scollard’s attorney will be able to argue for a more lenient punishment when Scollard is sentenced on Sept. 30.

Police responded to the robbery on March 7 and spoke with an employee who said a man, later identified as Scollard, had come into the bank and demanded money, according to charging documents.

The employee handed over an undisclosed amount of money.

Scollard denied using or having a gun, but admitted Tuesday that he put the bank employee in fear.

Bank employees provided a description of the suspect and the vehicle he was driving, prompting police to detain Scollard at a nearby gas station.

Scollard admitted to police that he robbed the bank and said he did so because he was behind on his car payments, records say.

He remains in the county jail with bond set at $50,000.

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