A Lincoln County man, set to appear in federal court Thursday, could spend life in prison for allegedly using a gun to rob a South Carolina bank last month.
According to the United States District Attorneyâ€™s Office in South Carolina, a federal grand jury in Greenville indicted 35-year-old Michael Shane Hardin of Crouse, on Feb. 14 on two-counts of armed bank robbery and carrying a firearm during a violent crime.
Hardin robbed the First Citizens Bank on W. Church St. in Cowpens, S.C., on Jan. 3, according to a U.S. Attorneyâ€™s Office press release.
Lt. Tony Ivey, public information officer for Spartanburg County Sheriffâ€™s Office, said deputies attempted to stop the suspectâ€™s vehicle following the robbery, but Hardin led officers on a 20-minute chase that covered nearly 50 miles.
The Spartanburg County Sheriffâ€™s Office charged Hardin with failure to stop for a blue light and reckless driving. There were no injuries in the incident, Ivey said.
Hardin will appear in federal court Thursday for an arraignment, during which time a trial date will be set, according to the U.S. Attorneyâ€™s Office.
Asst. U.S. Attorney Jeanne Howard will be prosecuting the case, which has been investigated by the Spartanburg Public Safety Department, the Spartanburg County Sheriffâ€™s Office and the FBI.
Hardin additionally faces felony charges in Lincoln County for breaking and entering a place of worship, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods, according to the Lincoln County Sheriffâ€™s Office. He also faces a misdemeanor charge for harboring a fugitive.
Authorities said that in August 2011, Hardin and Jonathon Webber Hight, 38, of Lincolnton, broke into the cityâ€™s New Providence Gospel Church after cutting the alarm system. They are accused of stealing $12,000 worth of electronics, a majority of which has been recovered.
Hardin is currently behind bars as a federal prisoner in the Spartanburg County Sheriffâ€™s Office Detention Center. Heâ€™s being held without bond.