Pennsylvania man indicted on multiple bank robbery charges

A press release has been issued by a U.S. attorney accusing a Pennsylvania man of robbing four different banks in the greater Philadelphia area between the years 2010 and 2012. The accused had previously been charged with robbing two banks in Lower Merion and Uwchlan. The 36-year-old man is accused of several theft crimes including robbing a Sovereign Bank that used to be located on High Street in Pottstown in June of 2010; a Citizens Bank on Lancaster Avenue in Devon in January of 2012; the First Niagara Bank on State Avenue in Emmaus in April of 2012; and an M&T Bank that used to be located on North Pottstown Pike in Exton in July of 2012.

It is alleged that the M&T Bank was relieved of $27,906 during the 2012 robbery. Lower Merion Police also charged the Pennsylvania man with the Aug. 2011 robbery of a Wells Fargo bank on Lancaster Avenue. On Friday, Sep. 6, the accused was indicted on charges of armed bank robbery and using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence.

The case was investigated by a wide array of local law enforcement including the FBI, the Chester County Sheriff's Dept., and police departments from Lower Merion, Pottstown, Warminster and West Whiteland among others. The District Attorney's offices for Berks, Bucks, Chester, Lehigh and Montgomery Counties were also involved. The accused could face a maximum sentence of life in prison with a mandatory minimum sentence of 82 years, along with a $2 million fine and other penalties.

When facing bank robbery and weapons charges, a knowledgeable attorney may be able to reduce penalties by getting the weapons charges dropped if he or she can prove that there was no connection between the weapon and the crime. He or she may also use arguments based on the accused's drug and alcohol use and or mental health issues to help mitigate the more severe penalties.

Source: The Times Herald, "Boyertown man charged in federal court for 4 bank robberies", Eileen Faust, September 08, 2013

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