FLORENCE - A man has been sentenced to three months in prison for taking hundreds in cash from a teller he told he needed the money to pay ransom for two people being held hostage.
Federal court documents show Chester Wodecki was sentenced Monday for robbery. Wodecki originally was charged with armed bank robbery, but that charge was dropped.
Police say Wodecki entered the First Citizens Bank in Conway on Jan. 19 and told the teller a man was holding a woman and a child hostage at a nearby grocery store and would kill them unless he was paid a ransom.
Witnesses saw a man leave the bank with the money alone in a pickup truck.
Authorities say the hostage story was fake. Wodecki later told police he needed to pay his rent and other bills and took about $2,400 from the bank.
The Associated Press