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Jury: Hoffman guilty of bank robbery

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

A southeastern Lincoln County man has been convicted of robbing a Denver bank earlier this year.
Sidney Noel Hoffman, 43, of 2310 Alexis-Lucia Rd. in Stanley, disguised himself with various clothing items in April and demanded money from a bank employee at First Citizens Bank, located at 219 S. Highway 16 in Denver.
He stole more than $1,500 and escaped the property in a Toyota Corolla, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release and Sheriff’s Lt. Tim Johnson, head of Criminal Investigations.
Hoffman previously served time in federal prison for robbing a Gaston County bank in 2003 and appears headed for additional prison time following last week’s conviction and sentencing, the Sheriff’s Office said. He has also been tied to another Gaston County bank robbery a few days before the Denver hold-up, officers said.
Hoffman entered the Denver bank without saying a word and handed a bank teller a note demanding money, an employee told deputies. She also spotted the end of a pistol on the man, Johnson said.
Family and friends contacted the Sheriff’s Office after recognizing Hoffman in the bank’s surveillance video, which several area news media outlets released to the public following the robbery, deputies said.
Lincoln County law enforcement, with the aid of Mt. Holly Police detectives, located Hoffman at his last-known residence on April 12, deputies said.
Days prior to robbing the Denver bank, Hoffman allegedly committed a similar crime at a Mt. Holly bank, also submitting a handwritten note to the bank teller, asking for money, Johnson said.
A Lincoln County Superior Court jury found Hoffman guilty of robbery with a dangerous weapon. The judge sentenced him to between 75 and 99 months in prison, the Sheriff’s Office said.
In the release, Johnson praised all parties involved in the Hoffman’s apprehension.
“It goes to show you how important it is for the public to assist law enforcement,” he said. “It led to an arrest and conviction in the case.”

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