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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 19, 2019

Former Pittsburgh Resident Sentenced to Nearly 5 Years for Robbing Four Banks and a Convenience Store

PITTSBURGH, PA - A former resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court on bank robbery and Hobbs Act robbery charges, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose imposed the sentence on Patrick Acierno, 34, who received a total of 57 months’ imprisonment, followed by 36 months’ supervised release.

According to information presented to the court, on March 5, 2019, Acierno entered KeyBank, located at 9605 Harmony Drive, Ingomar, PA 15127, dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt, black mask, sunglasses, and blue latex gloves, proceeded toward the teller stations where two tellers were working and took $7,743, including eight $20.00 bait bills. Acierno fled on foot and was observed by one of the tellers getting into a blue Toyota Rav 4. Franklin Park Police later identified the Toyota Rav4, and apprehended the defendant after a brief vehicle chase. Inside the vehicle, law enforcement officials found the items Acierno wore during the robbery, and $7,743 in U.S. currency, including the bait bills from the Key Bank.

In addition to the March 5, 2019 KeyBank robbery, Acierno was sentenced for committing three additional bank robberies on September 12, 2018, at the PNC Bank at 20940 Route 19, in Cranberry, on November 12, 2018, at the West View Savings Bank, 2566 Brandt School Road, in Wexford, and December 5, 2018, at the WesBanco Bank, 3531 Broadhead Road, in Monaca.

Additionally, Acierno was sentenced for robbing the Cogos located at 1400 Pennsylvania Avenue, also in Monaca, on October 11, 2018. Acierno was ordered to pay restitution to the victim banks and convenience store, which totals $26,423 from the banks and $630 from CoGos.

Assistant United States Attorney Rebecca L. Silinski prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Cranberry Police Department, the Franklin Park Police Department, the Center Township Police Department, the McCandless Police Department, and the Monaca Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the prosecution of Acierno.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Updated December 19, 2019