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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Hampshire

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Resident Of Manchester Pleads Guilty To Bank Robbery

          CONCORD, N.H. – Ronald Alan Cook, a 44-year-old resident of Manchester, has pleaded guilty to robbing the Bank of New Hampshire at 705 Hooksett Road in Manchester on November 10, 2015, announced United States Attorney Emily Gray Rice.

          Cook entered the federally-insured bank and handed a note to a bank teller that stated, “I have a gun!!  Give me all the 100, 50, 20 and 10 now and fast.”  Cook also told the bank teller, “This is serious give me all your money 50, 100, 20s.”  The teller took money from her teller drawer and gave it to Cook, who then ran from the bank.   

          A landscaper working in the vicinity of the bank saw Cook leave the bank.  The landscaper provided the police with a description of what Cook was wearing.  That description was broadcast to Manchester police officers, including one police officer who saw Cook riding a bicycle near the bank and detained him because he matched the description of the bank robber.   While being questioned by this police officer, Cook admitted that he robbed the bank and that the stolen money was in his pants pocket.  The police were able to identify the currency in Cook’s pocket as having been stolen from the bank.

          Cook is facing a maximum statutory prison sentence of 20 years and a maximum fine of $250,000.  A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for May 11, 2016 before United States District Court Judge Steven McAuliffe.

          The case was investigated by the Manchester Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The case was prosecuted by AUSA Robert Kinsella.

Updated February 2, 2016