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Monday, December 11, 2017

Wilmington Man Pleads Guilty to Armed Bank Robbery

BOSTON – A Wilmington man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to armed bank robbery.


Russell Dinovo, 52, pleaded guilty to one count of armed bank robbery before U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns. Sentencing is scheduled for March 7, 2018.  


On Oct. 9, 2015, two individuals, wearing hooded sweatshirts with portions of their faces visible, entered a branch of the Hingham Institute for Savings in Boston.  One of the robbers, later identified as Dinovo, vaulted the teller counter, forced open two tellers’ cash drawers, grabbed money, and put it into a duffel bag. Dinovo then demanded that a bank employee open the vault; the employee did, and Dinovo then removed money from the vault. The other individual, later identified as Anthony Pantone, remained in front of the counter throughout the entire robbery holding what appeared to be a handgun.


After stealing $16,320 from the bank, the two individuals fled on foot, but were captured a short time later in a cab with the duffel bag containing $16,320 and an airsoft gun. 


Pantone pleaded guilty and was sentenced in August 2016 to 78 months in prison.


Dinovo faces a sentence of no greater than 25 years in prison, five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.  Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.


Acting United States Attorney William Weinreb and Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Sullivan Jacobus of Weinreb’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

Violent Crime
Updated December 11, 2017