Serial bank robber “old man bandit” sentenced to 13 years in prison

July 31st, 2010 - 4:06 am ICT by BNO News  

MIAMI, FLORIDA (BNO NEWS) – A serial bank robber known as the “old man bandit,” was sentenced on Friday to 156 months (13 years) in federal prison for his conviction of six bank robberies, prosecutors announced.

Steven Gass, 55, of Miami Springs, Florida, pleaded guilty to six counts of bank robbery on May 7. Gass admitted robbing six Florida financial institutions, the AmTrust Bank in Deerfield Beach, the Bank Atlantic in Delray Beach, the First Bank in Coral Gables, the HSBC Bank also in Coral Gables, and the Bank of America in Hollywood.

According to the documents presented during trial, Gass entered each bank and showed the tellers a demand note. The note demanded cash and clarified that he was armed and would not hesitate to use it if they did not comply. The tellers, out of fear, complied with Gass’ demands.

In addition to the six banks previously mentioned, he admitted robbing 15 additional banks, all from the Florida area. In total, Gass was responsible for the robberies of 21 banks, cashing in a total of $136,758.

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