Wolfeboro Man Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Two Rochester Bank Robberies
CONCORD, N.H. – Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today that Jacob Chiaradonna, 28, of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, was sentenced to 84 months in federal prison for robbing two Rochester banks in October of 2016.
Court filings and statements made in court established that on October 5, 2016, Chiaradonna entered a Citizens Bank in Rochester, New Hampshire, and handed a teller a note that read “Give me all your $50 and $100, I have a gun don’t be stupid.” After taking money from the teller, Chiaradonna fled the bank. Six days later, on October 11, 2016, Chiaradonna robbed a TD Bank in Rochester using a similar strategy, handing a teller a note that read “give me your 20’s, 50’s, 100’s, I have a gun,” then fleeing on foot with the cash.
Law enforcement officers posted images of the robberies on television and social media, and several individuals familiar with Chiaradonna came forward to identify him as the robber. On October 13, 2016, law enforcement located Chiaradonna at a motel in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, and arrested him. A search of Chiaradonna’s cell phone from the motel turned up an internet browsing history that included visits to web pages providing advice on how to rob a bank.
Chiaradonna previously pleaded guilty to the two bank robberies on March 16, 2017. After serving his prison sentence, he will be on supervised release for a period of 3 years.
The case was jointly investigated by the Police Departments of Rochester and Wolfeboro, and by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Marshals Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shane B. Kelbley.