Bank robber's stash still missing, FBI says

Although law enforcement officers caught the robber of a Hilton Head Island bank, it appears the money he stole got away.

Robert Williams McKelvy, 47, of Hilton Head pleaded guilty last week to robbing the Savannah Bank at 854 William Hilton Parkway on April 20.

McKelvy was caught an hour or so after the heist, about a block away from the bank, but he didn't have the money and it hasn't been found, FBI agents said Wednesday. McKelvy stated in a confession he threw the stolen cash "under some pine needles on the golf course," according to court records.

The amount of money stolen has not been revealed.

McKelvy did not use a gun during the holdup but told tellers he had one, authorities have said.

Authorities have given this account of his flight after the robbery:

McKelvy ran through the Long Cove Club gated community and later flagged down a contractor's van to catch a ride to a place near the Shelter Cove home where he lived with his wife. There he took a shower, changed clothes and walked to his car, which was at a mid-island parking lot.

He was caught after a witness called authorities to report a suspicious man sitting in a green 1995 BMW. The car wouldn't start, and McKelvy had asked for help jump-starting it.

A sentencing date for McKelvy has not be scheduled.

McKelvy's wife, Kathryn Ann McKelvy, 51, was arrested for unrelated crimes at the couple's Hilton Head home soon after the robbery and released to authorities in Nevada County, Calif., where she faced pending burglary charges.