Rensselaer Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Robbery and Firearms Charges for Two Capital Region Armed Bank Robberies
ALBANY, NEW YORK – David Daniel Hunter, age 54, of Enfield, Connecticut, pled guilty today to robbing two Dollar Tree stores in May 2017.
The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Vadim D. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
In pleading guilty, Hunter admitted to committing two robberies, one of a Dollar Tree in the Town of North Greenbush, New York, and the other of a Dollar Tree in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
He admitted to stealing a 2017 Dodge Charger in Connecticut on May 5, 2017, and driving it to New York to commit a robbery. On May 6, Hunter entered the Dollar Tree store in North Greenbush, displayed what appeared to be a handgun, and demanded money. After taking $1,200 from the store’s safe and registers, Hunter directed the clerks to the store’s stock room, took one clerk’s cellphone, and left the store with the stolen money and cellphone. Hunter travelled to Idaho, where he entered a Dollar Tree store in Coeur d’Alene on May 28, displayed a stun gun, and demanded money. After stealing approximately $3,700, Hunter took a clerk’s cellphone and fled.
For each robbery, Hunter faces up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of post-release supervision of up to 3 years. Sentencing is scheduled for August 2, 2018 in Albany before Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr.
This case was investigated by the FBI, the North Greenbush Police Department, and the Enfield (Connecticut) Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Cyrus P.W. Rieck. The Idaho robbery was initially prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Traci Whelan of the District of Idaho.