A Chatham County man has been convicted after trial for the robbery of a Savannah bank.
Omar Lockhart, 35, of Savannah, was found guilty after a two-day trial in U.S. District Court of Bank Robbery, a charge that subjects Lockhart to a statutory penalty of up to 20 years in prison, said Jill E. Steinberg, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.
In addition, the jury found Lockhart guilty of Using, Carrying, or Possessing a Firearm in Relation to a Crime of Violence, which subjects him to an additional seven years in prison consecutive to the sentence for bank robbery. The jury also found Lockhart guilty of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.
There is no parole in the federal system.
“Omar Lockhart terrorized the employees of a business by brandishing a gun during a robbery,” said U.S. Attorney Steinberg. “We commend our law enforcement partners for their outstanding work in safely bringing him to justice.”
As described at trial, Lockhart entered the Synovus Bank on Paulsen Street in Savannah on March 7, 2022, produced a pistol, and pointed it at a teller. He declared he was robbing the bank and handed grocery bags to the teller, demanding the money in her drawer. He then took the money and left the bank, telling everyone to “have a nice day.”
Savannah Police officers and the FBI later located Lockhart at a Savannah hotel where he had paid cash to rent a room and arrested him after a brief standoff with the SWAT team.
Lockhart remains in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service, and U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. will schedule sentencing following completion of a pre-sentence investigation by U.S. Probation Services.
“No one should ever be terrorized physically or emotionally, like the victims in this armed robbery, simply because they work at a business or patronize that business,” said FBI Savannah RA Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Will Clarke. “We are committed to keep our communities safe from violence and seek justice for the victims of these crimes.”
The case was investigated by the Chatham County Police Department, the Savannah Police Department, and the FBI, and prosecuted for the United States by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Bradley R. Thompson and John P. Harper III.