Hilton Head man pleads guilty to bank robbery

A man who robbed a Hilton Head Island bank in April because he said he was out of money, out of a home and out of hope pleaded guilty in federal court last week, according to court records.

Robert Williams McKelvy, 47, of Hilton Head was arrested in connection with the April 20 robbery of the Savannah Bank at 854 William Hilton Parkway after he was found an hour after the heist about a block from the bank.

His car wouldn't start, and he had unsuccessfully tried to get someone to help him jump-start the 1995 BMW 740, authorities said at the time.

McKelvy pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Charleston to one count of stealing bank deposits.

In April he said in a written confession that "he was being evicted, felt helpless and ... had nowhere to go," according to U.S. District Court records. He robbed the bank because his "salary was garnisheed and he has no money," and his wife was leaving him, according to court records.

McKelvy was identified by a bank employee.

McKelvy told investigators he was "disoriented" after the robbery and ran toward Shelter Cove. He jumped a fence near the Hargray building and landed in the Long Cove Club gated community, where he threw the stolen cash "under some pine needles on the golf course," according to court records.

FBI agents have not said whether the stolen cash was found or how much was stolen.

McKelvy's wife, Kathryn Ann McKelvy, 51, of Hilton Head was arrested soon after the robbery on unrelated charges. She was charged with giving deputies a false name when they contacted her about a 2009 arrest warrant on burglary charges issued by the sheriff's office in Nevada County, Calif.

She was arrested at the couple's apartment on Shelter Cove Lane and was later released to the custody of Nevada County authorities, according to the jail log.

According to Beaufort County court records, Robert McKelvy pleaded guilty in December 2006 to criminal check fraud charges. He also was wanted by the Nevada County Sheriff's Office in connection with his failure to appear in court on unrelated charges.