It took a couple of days to become official, but a robbery charge has been dropped against a Van Zandt County man who authorities said intended to hold up a local bank

District Attorney F. Duncan Thomas said the Hunt County grand jury issued a “no bill” Friday against Timothy Len Shiflet, indicating there was not sufficient evidence to proceed with the investigation. However, Thomas said a mix-up resulted in the foreman of the panel not signing the document until Tuesday.

“The foreman has signed the no-bill,” Thomas said. “The grand jury did no bill that case.”

Greenville attorney Timothy Linden, who represented Shiflet on the robbery charge, believed the grand jury made the right decision.

“I’m happy the grand jury saw the case for what it is,” Linden said. “It was a man who almost made a mistake and had the good judgment not to make that mistake.”

Shiflet was released from the Hunt County Jail Tuesday on a personal recognizance bond, pending a misdemeanor charge of driving while license suspended.

Shiflet, 36, who has listed addresses in both Canton and Campbell in court records, was arrested on the afternoon of Aug. 7, following a tip from personnel at Alliance Bank in Greenville that a suspicious person was inside the business.

Bank employees told officers Shiflet was wearing a fishing cap, sunglasses and latex gloves and was carrying a bag as he entered. Shiflet was reported to have decided against the robbery and drove away from the scene.

A patrol officer spotted him a couple hours later, in a car with a stolen license plate and driving without a license.

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