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Witness speak outs about Hilton Head bank robbery

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Thomas Kersey Thomas Kersey
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

A bank robber is behind bars in the Lowcountry. Witnesses are breathing a little easier knowing the Hilton Head Island man is behind bars after threatening employees with a bomb and demanding money.

Police say David Boyd, 51, robbed a Bank of America in Bluffton Wednesday and a Bank of America on Hilton Head Island Thursday morning.

Thomas Kersey witnessed it all.

"I was at the teller making my transaction and he walked up beside me and told the teller to give him all of his cash and he had a bomb," said Kersey. "The teller looked at him for a couple seconds with a look of shock. About a minute after that she shoved cash under the window. He shoved it in his portfolio and walked out very casually. "

Kersey says he first noticed Boyd sitting in the parking lot in his truck.

"I went to the bank and as I was at the kiosk filling out deposit slip, I felt someone on my shoulder and I looked back at him and I said 'hello.' He said,'hi how are you?' and we both got in line," said Kersey.

Kersey says at first Boyd looked like a normal person trying to do a transaction, but his demeanor quickly changed.

"In a matter of seconds, his eyes turned blood shot," said Kersey. "He started shaking really bad and he got really nervous and walked away with two big wads of cash."

Kersey says he wanted to take action but was worried for the safety of others.

"I was thinking, what could I do as a citizen, but since he said he had a bomb I decided not to do anything," said Kersey. "I got his height and good description as he walked out and was able to offer that to police"

It's that description that led to Boyd's arrest just an hour after the second robbery in Hilton Head.

Police did not find any evidence that Boyd ever had a bomb. He was arrested in the parking of a nearby burger king, where he ordered food. No word yet on what additional charges he may face or how much cash he got away with.

The FBI helped with both investigations.

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