Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte sentenced Daniel R. McRae, age 55, of Beltsville, Maryland, today to fourteen years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for bank robbery. Judge Messitte also ordered that McRae pay restitution of $8,150.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Chief Richard McLaughlin of the Laurel Police Department.
According to his guilty plea, on December 14, 2009 McRae entered the Chevy Chase Bank branch at 13600 Baltimore Avenue, Ste. 800, Laurel, Maryland and passed a note to a bank teller indicating that he was robbing the bank. McRae demanded large bills. The teller gave McRae $8,150 and he fled.
McRae’s estranged wife worked for the bank, overseeing 24 branches, including their security. When provided with surveillance photos of the robber, McRae’s wife immediately reported the individual as being McRae. The bank tellers who observed the robbery also identified McRae from a photo line-up.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI and Laurel Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney James A. Crowell IV, who prosecuted the case.