Bank Robber Busted

With Help From Traffic Violation

Stacie Bartro
January 14, 2020 - 9:12 am
Gilbert Paul Ware behind bars after robbing a Greenville bank

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A felony traffic stop nabs the Bank of America bank robber.

86 year old Gilbert Paul Ware is behind bars this morning after he entered the Greenville bank Monday while masked, presented his gun and demanded money from employees. 

According to the Greenville Police Department, Ware then left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash but was later pulled over and arrested at the intersection of South Pleasantburg and East Antrim Drive due to a felony traffic violation. 

Officers recovered the gun Ware used in the hold up along with the stolen money. 

He is charged with bank robbery... more charges pending. 

Arresting documents say a cash bond or surety bond is set at 10 thousand dollars, but has not been met. 

Ware is being held in the Greenville County Detention Center.  

86 year old Gilbert Paul Ware
Greenville County/City of Greenville

Official Press Release from the City of Greenville below:

(GREENVILLE, SC) GPD detectives arrested Gilbert Paul Ware, 86, in connection with today's bank robbery on South Pleasantburg Drive.

A masked male, later identified as Gilbert Paul Ware, 86, entered a Greenville bank, presented a firearm and demanded money from employees.

Ware then left the property, but was located and arrested at South Pleasantburg and East Antrim Drive after a felony traffic stop.

The firearm used in the robbery was recovered along with the stolen money.

Ware is in custody and no injuries were reported in this incident.

Ware is charged with Bank Robbery with more charges expected to be filed.

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