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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Connecticut Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Robberies in Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Connecticut

SCRANTON, PA - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on May 5, 2015, David Sandy Lee Parks, age 60, of New Haven, Connecticut, pleaded guilty to six bank robberies, including two bank robberies in Rhode Island.     

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith of the Middle District of Pennsylvania, in July 2015, a grand jury in Scranton returned a two-count Indictment alleging that Parks committed the armed robbery of the Peoples Security Bank, Duryea, Pa., on July 3, 2015, and the armed robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank, Plymouth, Pa., on July 10, 2015.

A subsequent Criminal Information charged Parks with four additional bank robberies: 

  • the Savings Institute Bank & Trust, Westerly, Rhode Island, on February 20, 2015;

  • the Coastway Community Bank, Warwick, Rhode Island, on June 16, 2015;

  • the Citizen’s Bank, Stonington, Connecticut, on June 24, 2015; and

  • the First Niagara, Upper Macungie Township, PA, on July 17, 2015.

On May 5, 2016, Parks appeared before Senior United States District Court Judge Edwin M. Kosik in Federal Court in Scranton, Pa., and pleaded guilty to all six robberies. 

Parks has been in custody since July 17, 2015, the day officers from the Upper Macungie Police Department arrested and charged him with the robbery of the First Niagara Bank which occurred earlier that day.

The case was jointly investigated by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies: the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Pennsylvania State Police, the Duryea, Plymouth Township,   Upper Macungie, Pittston, Wilkes-Barre, Wilkes-Barre Township, Plains Township, Jenkins Township, West Pittston, Edwardsville, Warwick and Westerly, Rhode Island, Hanover, Kingston Police Departments, and the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office.  The prosecution was conducted and coordinated by Assistant United States Attorney John Gurganus.



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Updated May 10, 2016