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Guilty plea comes in robbery of South Boston bank

Girard Carlos Turner Jr., a 25-year-old North Garden resident, pleaded guilty Monday in Halifax County Circuit Court to robbery in connection with the July 20 robbery of Carter Bank & Trust in South Boston.

Turner pleaded guilty to the robbery of Hubert Vass, a teller at Carter Bank & Trust, at approximately 11:15 a.m. that morning, according to prosecution evidence proffered by Halifax County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kia Scott.

Scott told Judge Joel Cunningham South Boston Police were dispatched to Carter Bank and Trust for a report of a bank robbery on the morning of July 20.

Witnesses reported that a black man, about 5-7 or 5-8 with a black T-shirt and carrying a red bag, was seen fleeing from the bank.

Scott said a man approached teller Hubert Vass with a red bag and showed him a note telling him to take money from the bottom drawer.

According to Scott, one witness inside the bank almost decided to rush the robber but was cautioned against it by his wife.

The defendant took about $5,800 before running from the bank, Scott told the court.

Another bank employee overheard what was happening and pressed an alarm button, Scott continued.

On the way out, Turner lost a shoe, and a witness outside the bank saw Turner pick up the shoe and look at her before fleeing.

Surveillance video taken inside the bank was developed and returned for evidence, the note also was recovered, and fingerprints were taken at the scene.

In August, authorities in Bath County arrested a suspect believed to be connected with the robbery of Carter Bank & Trust in Mitchelltown.

Halifax County authorities traveled to Bath County to interview the defendant and advised him of his rights.

Scott said Turner confessed to the
robbery.  Turner told authorities he didn’t know the name of the bank he robbed adding he had never been to South Boston before.

Turner admitted he passed a note to the teller, and the teller gave him money from the bottom drawer.

He also confirmed the clothing he wore that day, admitted he was carrying a red bag and also that he lost a shoe while running from the bank, Scott told Cunningham.

Scott pleaded guilty to the felony charge for the robbery of Vass after reaching a plea agreement with the commonwealth. 

There was no agreement as to sentencing, with Cunningham continuing sentencing to a date in the March court term.