A prison inmate was charged with a Folly Road bank robbery after his girlfriend ratted him out, according to a police affidavit.
A gunman held up the First Federal Savings & Loan at 1185 Folly Road about 1:45 Nov. 4, 2009. Nobody was injured during the holdup.
Joseph Dominick Urato, 41, of Bluffton, who was serving time at Lieber Correctional Institute on unrelated charges, was charged on Tuesday with armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime in connection with the bank holdup, according to police spokesman Charles Francis.
Urato was temporarily transferred to the Charleston County jail for a bond hearing today and will be returned to Lieber.
Urato was charged in the Folly Road holdup after his girlfriend ratted him out about a year after the robbery, according to an affidavit from Charleston police.
Urato went into the bank wearing a tan beanie, sunglasses, a bandana and dark gloves with a black handgun, climbed over the counter, and took about $10,300 from two cash drawers, according to the affidavit.
Urato has been charged in several bank robberies around the Southeast over the last few years. He is serving an 18-year sentence without the eligibility of parole for entering a bank with intention to steal, according to the S.C. Department of Corrections. He was arrested in July 2010 after an employee of a Wachovia branch in Greenville spotted him putting on a mask outside the bank, with his girlfriend sitting in a truck nearby.
Urato’s girlfriend, Deborah Pittman Basler, 34, was put on supervised probation, according to the Department of Corrections.
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