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York Man Sentenced to 152 Months in Prison for Three County Violent Crime Spree

August 10, 2011

     The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that United States District Court Senior Judge William W. Caldwell sentenced Alexander Cruz, age 32, of York, Pennsylvania to 152 months in prison on August 5, 2011 for the robberies of four banks, a convenience store and a carjacking.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Cruz was indicted on November 3, 2010 after a month long violent crime spree. Between July 31, 2010 and August 10, 2010, Cruz committed four bank robberies, and the armed robbery of a convenience store followed by an armed carjacking in Adams, Cumberland and York County. The robberies took place on the following dates and following locations:

-July 31, 2010 - Sovereign Bank, York, Pennsylvania;
-August 4, 2010 - Rutter's Convenience Store, York, Pennsylvania;
-August 5, 2010 - Sovereign Bank, York, Pennsylvania;
-August 6, 2010 - Orrstown Bank, Carlisle, Pennsylvania; and
-August 10, 2010 -PNC Bank, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

     Following the August 10, 2010 robbery, Cruz carjacked a 2003 Hyundai Sonata at gunpoint.

     Cruz pled guilty on August 5, 2011.

     Cruz was ordered to pay $20,448.65 in restitution and will be supervised by a probation officer for three years after serving his jail sentence.

     This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Northern York County Regional Police, Carlisle Borough Police, York City Police and Gettysburg Borough Police. Prosecution of Cruz was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Eric Pfisterer, Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division.


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