"Silent Bandit" Sent to Prison for 6 Bank Robberies

Pa. man gets sentenced to nearly 6 years in federal prison for 2-week crime spree

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    FBI Surveillance

    The Pennsylvania man known as the “Silent Bandit” was sentenced Wednesday to nearly six years in federal prison for robbing six banks in eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

    Fawzi Atra told a judge in Scranton that he staged his two-week robbery spree because he owed the government $11,000 for unemployment benefits he'd received in error while out of work.

    FBI Release Surveillance Video of 'Silent Bandit'

    [PHI] FBI Release Surveillance Video of 'Silent Bandit'
    The man in this surveillance video is believed to be responsible for six bank robbers in the last two weeks. The FBI gave him that name since he doesn't speak, but rather hands the teller a threatening note. (Published Thursday, May 10, 2012)

    Atra said as he tried to explain the multiple thefts: "I thought there would be enough money in one bank," he said according to the Express-Times.

    The Express-Times reports that U.S. District Judge James Munley called Atra's conduct outrageous and told the suspect he was either stupid or had a character defect.

    The Silent Bandit

    [PHI] The Silent Bandit
    The FBI is on the hunt for a man who they say is targeting banks located inside grocery stores. He's been nicknamed the "silent bandit" due to him handing threatening notes to tellers rather than speaking. Authorities believe he's responsible for six bank robberies in Lehigh County, Bucks County and Trenton within the past two weeks. NBC10's Byron Scott reports. (Published Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012)

    The robberies took place at branches inside grocery stores in Lehigh and Bucks counties in Pennsylvania and in the Trenton, N.J., area.

    Atra was ordered to pay back nearly $10,000 to the banks.

    The 43-year-old Bethlehem Township man had no prior criminal record.

     


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