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New Hampshire Man Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Bank Robberies During Spring 2016 Crime Spree

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

            CONCORD, N.H. – Michael Munroe, a/k/a Michael Monroe, 34, previously of Raymond, New Hampshire, was sentenced in federal court on Tuesday to 11 years in prison for his role in two bank robberies and other criminal conduct in 2016, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.


            According to court documents and statements made in court, Munroe robbed a Northway Bank branch location in Ossipee, New Hampshire on March 28, 2016, and a Granite State Credit Union branch location in Seabrook, New Hampshire on April 1, 2016.  He committed each robbery by passing a demand note to the teller threatening that he had a gun and demanding money.  There was no evidence that Munroe actually was armed at the time.  Following each robbery, Munroe fled the scene. 


            The two bank robberies, to which Munroe pleaded guilty in June 2017, were part of a larger well-publicized two-state multi-week crime spree perpetrated by Munroe in March and April 2016.  As part of his federal plea agreement, Munroe also admitted to other criminal conduct, including: (1) the March 19, 2016, assault on an individual in his home in Epping, New Hampshire; (2) the March 27, 2016, taking of a victim’s Honda Pilot from her possession in Manchester, New Hampshire; (3) the March 30, 2016, taking of a victim’s Lexus ES300 from her possession in Tewksbury, Massachusetts; (4) the March 31, 2016, attempted taking of a victim’s Toyota Highlander from her possession in Reading, Massachusetts; and (5) the April 1, 2016, theft of a Honda CRV while it was parked in Derry, New Hampshire.  Munroe has been in custody since his arrest by Hancock Police on April 2, 2016. 


            Munroe, who previously pleaded guilty, will serve three years of supervised release following completion of his sentence.  The Court additionally ordered Munroe to pay restitution to the banks and other victims, totaling $14,856.63.


            “The United States Attorney’s Office is committed to working with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to combat violent crime,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Farley.  “The robberies and other violent acts committed by this defendant cannot be tolerated.  I commend the hard work of the law enforcement officers who put a stop to this defendant’s crime spree and prevented him from committing further acts of violence.”



            “The FBI will do everything in its power to prevent criminals like Mr. Munroe from casting a shadow of violence over our streets,” said Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division.  “While his crime spree has come to an end, we’ll continue to work with our law enforcement partners to combat violent crime and keep our communities safe.”


            This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Manchester Police Department, the Ossipee Police Department, the Seabrook Police Department, the Hancock Police Department, the Epping Police Department, the Derry Police Department, the Tewksbury, Massachusetts Police Department, and the Reading, Massachusetts Police Department.  Assistance was provided by the County Attorney’s Offices for Hillsborough, Carroll, and Rockingham Counties in New Hampshire and the Middlesex County, Massachusetts District Attorney’s Office.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles L. Rombeau.





Updated November 9, 2017

Violent Crime