Accused bank robber out of hospital, charged and under bond

Dawn M. Kurry Richmond County Daily Journal

August 28, 2013

Following a bank robbery in Rockingham two weeks ago that ended in a cross-county line chase, a suspect is behind bars facing multiple charges, police said.

On Aug. 16 the Rockingham BB&T branch located at 920 Rockingham Road was robbed by a Thomas Andrew Pressley, 57, of Marshville, who threatened the use of explosives in order to get bank employees to meet his demands, according to the Rockingham Police Department.

Police would not release the amount of money Pressley stole, but did say he put the money in a plastic grocery bag, got in his vehicle and left the scene.

The Rockingham Police Department was contacted and shortly thereafter officers located the suspect’s vehicle and attempted to stop it. Pressley refused to stop and was pursued into Anson County where Anson County Sheriff’s deputies used Stop Sticks to deflate the tires of the vehicle, lawmen said. The vehicle continued on for a short while until it crashed at Wades Mill Road with a second vehicle, police said.

The female driver of the vehicle that was struck was transported to Anson Community Hospital with unknown injuries. Pressley was also transported to Anson Community Hospital with complaints of pain, according to Rockingham Police Chief Billy Kelly.

The case was investigated by Rockingham Police Department’s Detective Unit, and Pressley has been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony flee/elude arrest with a motor vehicle and multiple other traffic violations that were filed in Anson County, according to Chief Kelly.

The arrest was made after Pressley was released from a hospital located outside of the county and transported back to Rockingham. Pressley remained in the hospital for several days with officers from Rockingham Police Department guarding him at all times, according to a press release from the agency. Once he arrived back into Richmond County, he was served with his warrants and placed in the Richmond County Jail under a $300,000 bond.

Pressley was charged with an armed robbery in the 1970s, according to the Rockingham Police Department, as well as other financial crimes.

Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at