Accused Florence bank robber makes first appearance in court


Timothy Bryan Standfield

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Lauderdale County man charged over the weekend with three bank robberies made his first appearance in court.

Although not many details were released in court, investigators say they believe more bank robberies in the Shoals could be solved with Timothy Bryan Standfield’s arrest.

Dressed in an orange jumpsuit, 39-year-old Standfield was escorted into Lauderdale County District Court Monday morning.

Police arrested him Saturday evening for the robbery of the Bank Independent branch on Cox Creek Parkway earlier in the day.

Investigator Brad Holmes says Standfield was developed as a suspect in other Florence bank robberies over the last several months, before the latest on Saturday.

“Bank robberies are a little bit different than other investigations. In our department we treat them as homicide investigations, so we have expended a lot of man hours and a lot of resources,” explained Holmes.

In addition to Saturday’s robbery, Standfield is currently charged with the July 3rd robbery of First Metro Bank and the March 22nd robbery of Bank Independent on Darby Drive.

According to Holmes, Standfield is the prime suspect in at least three other bank robberies in Muscle Shoals, Colbert County, and Lauderdale County.

“There are a lot of questions that are unanswered about where this money was going. The suspect in the case, Mr. Standfield, has cooperated with authorities throughout this investigation and we are following up on the information that he provided to us,” stated Holmes.

And according to investigators, Standfield could be charged federally for the bank robberies across the Shoals area.

District Judge Carole Medley ordered Standfield to be held on bail totaling $150,000 at the Lauderdale County Detention Center.

Judge Medley has also appointed an attorney to represent Standfield during his upcoming court appearances.