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Monday, August 4, 2014

“Ho-Hum Bandit” Sentenced To Almost Six Years In Prison For Seven San Diego Bank Robberies

United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy announced that Adam Lynch was sentenced to prison this morning in federal court in San Diego in connection with his conviction on seven counts of bank robbery. Lynch, dubbed the “Ho Hum Bandit” for his reportedly nonchalant manner in robbing banks, committed a string of bank robberies in San Diego beginning in February 2010. United States District Judge Roger T. Benitez sentenced Lynch to 70 months in prison, and ordered him to pay restitution to the victim banks.

As described in his plea agreement, Lynch committed his first bank robbery on February 27, 2010, robbing a US Bank in San Diego. He thereafter went on a spree of robberies in the area, committing his seventh on June 5, 2010. Typically, Lynch would commit the robbery by walking up to the counter, passing a note to the teller, identifying himself as being armed with a gun, and demanding cash. Lynch stole a combined total of $25,094. He did not physically injure any of the bank personnel.

Lynch’s robberies in San Diego were the start, but not the end, of his career. On May 6, 2013, in Denver, Lynch was convicted of four counts of bank robbery, based on robberies he committed in the Denver area in August 2010, December 2010, and March 2011; as well as a robbery he committed in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in November 2010. For those offenses, on April 19, 2013, Lynch was sentenced by a federal judge to 64 months in prison.

In imposing a 70-month sentence this morning, Judge Benitez ordered that 56 months of that sentence run consecutive to the 64-month sentence that Lynch had previously received, and that the remainder of today’s sentence run concurrent to the previous sentence. In other words, today’s sentence increases Defendant’s total custodial sentence to 120 months. Lynch has been in custody since his arrest on April 21, 2011, and he remains in custody.

DEFENDANT   Case Number:
Adam Lynch Age: 37 Corte Madera, California

Bank robbery in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2113(a) - Maximum penalties per count: 20 years in prison, $250,000 fine, term of supervised release of three years, restitution, and $100 special assessment.


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*Indictments and complaints are not evidence that the defendant committed the crime charged.  All defendants are presumed innocent until the United States meets its burden in court of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.     

Updated July 23, 2015