Crime & Public Safety

Man arrested, charged in Sea Pines bank robbery

This surveillance photo of the man suspected of robbing First Federal Bank in Sea Pines was released by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.
This surveillance photo of the man suspected of robbing First Federal Bank in Sea Pines was released by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

A Hilton Head Island man has been charged in a Thursday bank robbery in Sea Pines following his arrest Friday on a DUI charge just more than a mile from the bank.

Douglas Albert Haff, 58, was charged with one count of entering a bank with intent to steal, according to a news release from the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Haff was arrested during a traffic stop Friday afternoon on Greenwood Drive in Sea Pines about a mile-and-a-half from the First Federal Bank he allegedly robbed the day before.

Investigators say they received numerous tips that the driver of a light-colored Saturn sedan matched the description of the robbery suspect, who wore a clear bag over his head and told tellers he had a bomb in Thursday's incident.

When Haff was pulled over Friday, numerous open containers of beer were found in his car, according to the release. He was arrested on DUI and open-container charges.

After that arrest, deputies searched his car and found evidence that was "positively identified" as being from the bank robbery, according to the release. Sheriff P.J. Tanner said Friday he could not provide specifics on what was found because the investigation is ongoing.Haff was taken to the Beaufort County Detention Center where he awaits a bond hearing.

The robbery occurred just after noon Thursday when a man wearing shorts, a golf shirt and the plastic bag demanded money from a teller at the bank on Lighthouse Road.

The teller gave the robber an undisclosed amount of money, and the robber left. No customers were in the bank at the time and no employees were injured.

Sheriff's deputies searched incoming and outgoing traffic to Sea Pines at the Greenwood and Ocean gates, but the search ended at 2 p.m. Thursday.

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