Armored car robbers sentenced to prison www.privateofficer.com
But James T. Hohlfeld, 26, convicted of stealing a quarter-million dollars from a parked armored car in Davenport, was exposed to a different lifestyle when he would stay at his mother’s home on the weekends growing up.
It’s in his mother’s home — where there were no rules or boundaries, where his mother introduced him to marijuana when he was 11, where his mother suffered from alcoholism — where Hohlfeld learned to rebel against the strictness of his father’s upbringing, according to court documents filed in U.S. District Court, Davenport, this week.
Hohlfeld was sentenced Friday to 27 months in prison for his role in the March 19 heist. His co-defendant, Dylan C. Trones, was sentenced to 23 months in prison.
They are both jointly liable for paying restitution in the amount of $158,672.
The two men pleaded guilty to bank larceny charges on June 29.
The heist took approximately a minute to execute. The armored car employees did not immediately detect the loss, court records state.
Forfeiture orders were filed seeking $103,516 from five individuals who allegedly received money related to the theft, as well as a 2003 Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle, records state.
The armored car owned by Rochester Armored Car Service of Omaha arrived at the US Bank, 3624 N. Division St., about 6 a.m. March 19. The armored car employees were there to put money into the bank’s ATM, records state.
Within 30 seconds of the employees leaving the vehicle, two people in dark clothing approached the armored car. One got into the car, then left it. Both people then left the parking lot on foot one minute later, records state.
After leaving the bank, the armored car employees discovered they were missing a U.S. Postal Service mail tote with approximately $260,000 cash and $1,188 in postage stamps.
Hohlfeld, who said in a sentencing memorandum filed Tuesday that he’s re-evaluating his life, mentioned that he provided law enforcement an accounting of where his share of the stolen money had been spent or could be recovered. He also expressed remorse for his actions.
Stealing the money was “the biggest mistake” in his life, Hohlfeld said in the memorandum.
He added that he’s making an effort to live his life in a positive manner by working as an independent contractor for a flooring company and being active in church.