BUTLER COUNTY – Pittsburgh Man Sentenced to 7+ Years’ Imprisonment for 2016 Bank Robbery Spree across Southwestern PA

A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to a term of imprisonment of seven years and three months, to be followed by five years of supervised release, on his conviction of bank robbery and armed bank robbery, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed the sentence on Gregory Magee, 50.

Previously, in connection with Magee’s guilty plea on July 10, 2018, the court was advised that Magee robbed six banks from January through November of 2016:

On the afternoon of January 20, 2016, Magee entered First Niagara Bank located at 20111 Route 19, Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, cap, sunglasses, gloves, and scarf covering this face. Upon entering the bank, Magee brandished a black handgun and demanded money from several tellers, who gave him $5,526.

On the afternoon of February 29, 2016, Magee entered First Merit Bank located at 2090 West State Street, New Castle, Pennsylvania, wearing a green poncho, sunglasses, gloves, and scarf covering his face. Upon entering the bank, Magee brandished a black handgun, handed plastic bags to several tellers, and demanded money from the tellers, who complied and gave him $10,126. Magee fled the scene of the robbery in his personal vehicle, a black Cadillac ATS with black rims, which was observed on video surveillance and by an eyewitness.

Around noon on March 31, 2016, Magee entered First Niagara Bank located at 4073 Washington Road, McMurray, Pennsylvania, wearing sunglasses and gloves. Upon entering the bank, Magee threatened that he had a gun, gave plastic bags to tellers, and demanded money from the tellers, who complied and gave him $9,133. Magee carried an open umbrella inside the bank while committing this robbery. Magee fled the scene of the robbery in a bronze Cadillac ATS, which he was driving as a loaner vehicle. This vehicle was captured on surveillance video and observed by an eyewitness.

In the late morning on June 8, 2016, Magee entered First Commonwealth Bank located at 5847 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses, and gloves. Upon entering the bank, Magee threatened that he had a gun, handed out plastic bags to several tellers, and demanded money from the tellers, who complied and gave him $3,709. Magee again held an open umbrella during this robbery.

On the afternoon of August 11, 2016, Magee entered Citizens Bank located at 2537 Constitution Boulevard, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, baseball cap, sunglasses, gloves, and scarf covering his face. Upon entering the bank, Magee threatened to have a bomb, handed plastic bags to several tellers, and demanded money from the tellers, who complied and gave him $12,559. Magee again carried an open umbrella in the bank while committing this robbery. Magee’s hat was left at the scene of the robbery. DNA was recovered from the hat and found by the FBI laboratory to match a DNA sample from Magee. Magee was observed fleeing the scene in a Buick Regal, which he was driving as a loaner vehicle that day.

Finally, around noon on November 8, 2016, Magee entered S&T Bank located at 4580 Broadway Boulevard, Monroeville, Pennsylvania, wearing a hooded jacket, sunglasses, and gloves. Upon entering the bank, Magee threatened to have a bomb and displayed a bag with protruding wires. Magee handed plastic bags to several tellers and demanded money from them, and they complied. Magee also demanded access to the bank’s vault. The bank manager opened the vault and gave cash from the vault to Magee. Magee stole $78,643 during this robbery. Magee was apprehended by law enforcement shortly after the robbery hiding in a drainage pipe in a wooded area near the bank. Magee was in possession of the stolen currency and bag with protruding wires, later determined to be Ethernet cables. Magee had driven a loaner Cadillac vehicle, which was located near the scene of the robbery.

After his arrest, a 9mm Kel-Tec handgun loaded with nine rounds of ammunition was recovered from Magee’s personal vehicle.

Assistant United States Attorney David Lew prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Brady commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cranberry Township Police Department, Union Township Police Department, Peters Township Police Department, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Chippewa Township Police Department, Monroeville Police Department, and Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Magee.

 

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https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdpa/pr/pittsburgh-man-sentenced-7-years-imprisonment-2016-bank-robbery-spree-across

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