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Getaway Driver for Downtown Pittsburgh Bank Heist Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH, PA- A former resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court on his conviction of conspiracy to commit bank robbery and bank robbery, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti imposed the sentence on Mark Hammond, 55, who received a total of 36 months’ imprisonment followed by 36 months’ supervised release at both counts one and two of the Indictment, to run concurrently. In addition to the 36 months’ for the robbery, Hammond was sentenced to an additional 24 months’ imprisonment, to be served concurrently, as he was on supervised release for a prior bank robbery conviction at the time of the offense.

According to information presented to the court, on January 10, 2018, Hammond served as the getaway driver for his codefendant, Alonzo Dunbar, who robbed the Huntington Bank located at 650 Smithfield Street in Pittsburgh of $1,678.00. The court was further informed that prior to the robbery, Hammond parked his vehicle on Smithfield Street and went into the bank to make change for $5.00, when, in reality, he was surveilling the bank. Hammond’s vehicle was identified in video surveillance footage, circling the area around the bank, stopping across from the bank, and leaving the bank following the robbery with Dunbar as a passenger. Hammond later received a portion of the proceeds from the robbery from Dunbar for his participation in the conspiracy.

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

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police conducted the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Hammond.

Updated December 11, 2019

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