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Man who robbed East Forsyth bank gets 10 years

EAST FORSYTH — A Texas man accused of robbing an east Forsyth bank from the drive-thru window in April 2014 faces 10 years in jail.

Stephen “Chris” Plunkett, 39 of Dallas, pleaded guilty to armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, hoax devices, second-degree forgery and theft by receiving, according to a May 5 final disposition document from the Forsyth County Superior Court.

Judge Phillip Smith sentenced him to 20 years, ordering him to serve the first 10 in confinement and the remainder on probation, pending good behavior.

Plunkett also must pay a $12,605 fine and attorney’s fees to the county and must complete 120 hours of community service.

He was arrested on April 15, about a week after he reportedly passed a note to a teller at Chase Bank on Buford Highway (Hwy. 20) and Trammel Road.

He drove away with an undisclosed amount of money after the teller received the note attached to what appeared to be some type of bomb. The device was later determined not to be an explosive.

About a week later, Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies apprehended Plunkett when they found him stranded along the side of Ga. 400 near McFarland Parkway in south Forsyth.

The brand-new truck he was driving had run out of gas for a second time on the highway as he traveled north to the home he was renting at the time with his girlfriend off Lanier Beach South Road near Lake Lanier in east Forsyth.

Deputies had spoken with his girlfriend — whose name was never released because authorities don’t believe she was involved in the robbery or any other supposed crimes committed by Plunkett in nearby Gwinnett and DeKalb counties and in the Dallas/Fort Worth area — at their home earlier, which is when they learned he had run out of gas.