The man who robbed First Citizen’s Bank on Market Street this summer was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Circuit Judge Paul Burch during General Sessions court last week in Chesterfield.
Frank Lee Mikeska, 52, of Fayetteville, N.C., pleaded guilty to the crime.
Mikeska was arrested in North Carolina on Aug. 6, less than a week after the incident. Authorities said social network investigative tools were successful in seeking help from the public. Cheraw Police Chief Jay Brooks said Mikeska’s photograph was recognized by a woman in the Fayetteville area who contacted police.
This will not be Mikeska’s first trip to prison. He was convicted on first degree kidnapping charges in Texas in 1981 and sentenced to 45 years in prison. Had Mikeska not been released for good behavior, he would have remained in jail until 2026.
Brooks recounted that, shortly before 10 a.m. Aug. 1, Mikeska covered the tattoo on the right side of his neck with makeup, put on a high collar, long sleeve shirt, donned a dark mustache, goatee, and ball cap. He then walked through the front door of the downtown bank and slipped the teller a note with instructions to fill a bag with the cash drawer money.
Mikeska left by the front door, dropping money more than once. A woman inside the bank was seen on video surveillance helping pick up the dropped cash. And outside the bank, another innocent bystander pointed out to Mikeska he had dropped some of his money, said Brooks.
Mikeska, who appeared in court with his three small children, all under the age of 12, told the judge his motive for robbing the bank was to pay his bills.
— Staff Writer Karen Kissiah can be reached by calling 843-537-5261, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.