Beaufort News

Bond set for Sea Pines bank robbery suspect

Douglas Haff
Douglas Haff

A bond of more than $26,000 was set Saturday morning for a 58-year-old Hilton Head Island man charged in the Thursday robbery of a Sea Pines bank.

Douglas Albert Haff remained in custody late Saturday at the Beaufort County Detention Center following a bond hearing earlier in the day, according to a detention center official.

Haff was arrested during a traffic stop Friday afternoon on Greenwood Drive about a mile and a half from the First Federal Bank he allegedly robbed a day earlier while wearing a bag on his head and claiming to have an explosive device, a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office press release issued Friday said. Deputies made the stop after receiving tips that the driver of a late model Saturn matched the description of the robbery suspect, the release said.

Sheriff's deputies found numerous open cans of beer in Haff's car and arrested him on driving under the influence and open container charges.

Deputies then searched the vehicle and found evidence that was "positively identified" as being from the robbery, the release said. The Sheriff's Office has not provided specifics on what was found because the investigation is ongoing.

Bond for the alcohol-related charges was set at $1,284.

Bond on the entering a bank with intent to steal charge was set at $25,000.

The robbery occurred at the bank branch on Lighthouse Road shortly after noon on Thursday. After he demanded money, a teller gave the robber an undisclosed amount before he walked away.

No customers were in the bank at the time and no one was injured during the incident.