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"Bank Bag Bandit" Sentenced To 27 Years In Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Tampa, Florida - U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore sentenced David Dwinell yesterday to 27 years in federal prison for bank robbery and using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. The court also ordered Dwinell to forfeit $13,786.50, which is traceable to proceeds of the offense. As part of his sentence, the court also entered a restitution order in the amount of $38,882.50, the amount stolen from the banks. Dwinell pleaded guilty on January 10, 2013.

According to court documents, Dwinell committed five armed bank robberies in Pasco, Hillsborough, and Hernando counties. He entered the banks wearing a dark colored hat, sunglasses, a mask over his face, and a dark colored jacket. He carried a blue zippered bank bag and a silver revolver. During the robberies, Dwinell brandished the firearm as he approached the teller counters and demanded money. Several of the victims observed him fleeing after the robberies in a gray truck.

During a search of Dwinell's residence, agents located a loaded silver .38 revolver, a black baseball hat, latex gloves, a beige mask (panty hose), black zip-up jacket, a blue bank bag (which contained the latex gloves and panty hose) and a second blue zippered bank bag. Dwinell told law enforcement these were the items he used in the bank robberies. Agents also located 100 single one dollar bills, and 50 ten dollar bills. Some of the money was still in bank bands and was found located with the revolver in Dwinell's desk. An additional $6,762.00 was located in Dwinell's office inside a blue bag.

During a search of the truck used by Dwinell in the bank robberies, officers located 62- five dollar bills under the steering column and one black glove. Dwinell admitted that he committed the five armed robberies. He stated that he robbed the banks because his house was in foreclosure and he had previously owed the Internal Revenue Service money.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stacie B. Harris and Colleen Murphy Davis.

Updated January 26, 2015