Crime Watch

Mar 10, 2014 6:36 PM by Q2 News

Failed casino robber charged with Billings bank robbery

BILLINGS - A man who was sentenced in 2012 for a failed casino robbery faces a new charge that he robbed a Billings bank.

Robert Bruce Scollard, 43, was charged Monday with felony robbery.

Prosecutors allege Scollard robbed the American Federal Savings Bank on South 24th Street on Friday shortly after 4 p.m.

A teller told officers a man carrying a white bag said he had a gun and demanded money. The teller complied, then told others of the robbery after the man left the bank. Witnesses provided police with a description of the robbery, his vehicle and a license plate number.

Scollard was arrested a short time later. He allegedly told an officer he robbed the bank "because he was behind one car payment," court records state.

In July 2012, Scollard was ordered to serve seven years in state custody, with five years suspended, for the attempted robbery of Nickels Casino and Grand Liquor.

In that case, Scollard was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a black mask when he demanded money from a casino employee. A customer tackled Scollard and held him down until police arrived.

Scollard later said he attempted the robbery because he was worried that he owed money to the Social Security Administration.

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