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Friday, March 6, 2015

Dedham Man Sentenced to Eight Years for Robberies in Brookline and Cambridge

BOSTON – A Dedham man was sentenced yesterday for robbing three Boston area banks within a two week period in January 2014 and stealing over $8,000.

Joseph Wilcox, 47, of Dedham, was sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Rya W. Zobel to 96 months in prison and three years of supervised release.  Following a four month investigation, Wilcox was arrested in May 2014.  In November 2014, Wilcox pleaded guilty to three counts of bank robbery.

On Jan. 15, 2014, Wilcox, wearing a hat, gloves, and sunglasses, walked into a Blue Hills Bank in Brookline.  He approached a teller window and gave the teller a note that stated, “This is a hold-up,” and stole $1,318.  One week later, on Jan. 22, 2014, Wilcox, wearing a similar disguise, walked into an Eastern Bank in Cambridge and gave a teller a note that read, “no dye packs” and stole $839.  Three days later, Wilcox, again wearing a similar disguise, walked into a TD Bank in Brookline and gave a teller a note that read, “Give me the 100’s and large bills” and stole $6,260.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Vincent B. Lisi, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Brookline Police Chief Daniel C. O’Leary; and Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert C. Haas, made the announcement today.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carlos A. López.

Updated March 6, 2015