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Troy Man Sentenced to 57 Months for Bank Robberies

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Michael C. Matzen, age 36, of Troy, New York, was sentenced today to 57 months in prison for committing 2 bank robberies in 2 days in East Greenbush and Latham. 

The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Andrew W. Vale, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). 

Senior U.S. District Judge Gary L. Sharpe also ordered Matzen to serve a 3-year term of supervised release following his incarceration, and to pay restitution in the amount of $6,250, the total amount that Matzen stole from the two banks. 

On March 19, 2015, Matzen entered an East Greenbush TD Bank, approached a teller, and handed the teller a note that read “I HAVE A GUN, GIVE ME The Top & bottom Drawer, NO Dye packs, NO bait money ...”  The bank teller gave Matzen $500 and he fled. 

On March 20, 2015, Matzen entered a Trustco Bank in Latham, and approached a teller with a note that read “Give me $2,000, No bait money No Dye packs I have a Gun.”  The bank teller gave Matzen $5,750 and he fled. 

Matzen was arrested the following morning in an Albany motel room.  He told police that he had planned to travel to Florida later that day. 

This case was investigated by the FBI in coordination with the Colonie Police Department and the East Greenbush Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Solomon B. Shinerock.

Updated September 13, 2016

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