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Department of Justice
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Western District of Pennsylvania

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Costumed Crack Addict Sentenced to 12+ Years for Robbing 3 Banks and a Convenience Store

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -A former resident of Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to a term of imprisonment of 12 years and seven months (151 months), to be followed by three years of supervised release on his conviction of bank robbery and Hobbs Act robbery, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Senior Judge Reggie B. Walton of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia imposed the sentence on Glenn Ford, age 60.

According to information presented to the court, on September 15, 2017, Ford robbed the Huntington Bank, on Smithfield St. wearing a long black curly wig, a long leather coat, and a sticker on his face covering his nose and mouth. He demanded $100 and $50 bills and received $2,340. On September 28, 2017, Ford robbed the same Huntington Bank. He attempted to conceal his face as he approached the same teller. Ford demanded $100, $50 and $20 bills and received $2370. The teller recognized Ford from the prior bank robbery and placed a dye pack with the money, which exploded as he fled.

On September 20, 2017, Ford, wearing a hat, a dress, a trench coat and caramel colored dress shoes, entered the Citizens Bank located on East Carson St. with a white plastic bag covering part of his face. He demanded money and received $2,950. He discarded his clothing after he exited the bank. The Court was further advised that on October 4, 2017, wearing a Darth Vader mask and black hoodie, Ford robbed the CoGo’s on East Carson Street with a knife and took $186.

Ford confessed to committing the robberies to support his crack addiction. He told officers about his efforts to clean and use the money damaged from the dye pack explosion. Ford took officers to recover the damaged money, as well as clothing and shoes from an abandoned house in Wilkinsburg, a short distance from his house.

Assistant United States Attorney Shanicka L. Kennedy prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, and the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Ford through Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
Updated September 20, 2019