Convicted of bank robbery in 2001, Tyrone Pierce decided to return to bank heists in 2016 – now he’s in the slammer for 8 more years after leaving his DNA at his latest bank job
When not robbing banks, Pierce worked at Ocean City motel and lived in a luxury condo
Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced ex-con Tyrone D. Pierce, 60, of Ocean City, Maryland on July 20, 2018, to eight more years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for holding up a bank in Ocean City, Md., in 2016.
According to his plea agreement, Pierce admitted that on August 24, 2016, who was then employed at a motel in Ocean City, Maryland, robbed the Bank of Ocean City, located on Coastal Highway, in Ocean City.
Specifically, Pierce parked a vehicle in a commercial parking lot near the bank. Pierce, who was clearly wearing a fake beard, was seen by motorists and pedestrians as he walked a circuitous route to the entrance of the bank. After entering the bank, Pierce pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at one of the tellers, threatening to shoot the teller if she did not comply with Pierce’s demands for money. Pierce also said there was a bomb near the drive-thru window, although no device was found. Pierce took cash and left the bank, inadvertently leaving a glove on the teller counter that he removed during the robbery.
Crime scene investigators recovered the glove and were able to obtain a DNA specimen. In January 2017, DNA analysis of the specimen was matched to Pierce, who has a 1999 conviction for bank robbery in Salisbury, Maryland, and had previously submitted a DNA sample.
As part of Pierce’s sentence, Judge Blake ordered that Pierce pay restitution of $9,169.
Pierce, who at 5’7” tall and weighing in at 140 pounds, won’t make a very big presence in his new home in federal prison as he traded his former residence at 10300 Coastal Highway, Unit 103 for a cell with free rent. Pierce lived in the luxury condominium Atlantis which will be a significant change and opens the possibility that he might have robbed the bank due to an increase in HOA fees.
The Maryland charges of felony armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon were dropped on June 13, 2017, in Worcester County Circuit Court when Pierce was indicted in Federal Court.
Ex-con Tyrone Pierce left a little bit of himself at the scene of the bank robbery
OCEAN CITY, MD – Detectives of the Ocean City Police Department report that they have arrested and charged the suspect believed to have committed the August 2016 bank robbery that took place at a Bank of Ocean City location.
On August 24, 2016, Ocean City police responded to the Bank of Ocean City, located at 12109 Coastal Highway which has since closed, for a report of an armed robbery. Detectives of the OCPD Criminal Investigation Division Major Crimes Unit also responded to investigate the incident. Through investigation, detectives learned that the suspect stole an undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency from the bank before fleeing.
Crime Scene Technicians processed the scene and submitted evidence to the Maryland State Police Crime Lab. On January 23, 2017, detectives received word from the crime lab that the DNA profile of Tyrone D. Pierce (also known as Tyrone S. Sabr), 59, of Ocean City, MD, was located on scene. Pierce’s DNA sample was collected in 2001 after he was convicted of a bank robbery in Wicomico County, MD.
Pierce’s DNA sample was collected in 2001 after he was convicted of a bank robbery in Wicomico County, MD.
On January 26, 2017, Ocean City Police reports that detectives located Pierce at his residence on Coastal Highway and he was arrested without incident. Ocean City detectives have charged Pierce with armed robbery, theft of less than $10,000, illegal possession of a firearm, and use of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime. He was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and transferred to the Worcester County Jail where he is being held without bond.
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