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Pittsburgh Man Took More than $100,000 in Armed Robbery of PNC Bank

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

PITTSBURGH – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty on Monday in federal court to a charge of armed bank robbery, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Gary William White, age 21, pleaded guilty to one count before Chief United States District Court Judge Joy Flowers Conti.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on September 20, 2017, White robbed the PNC Bank on Saw Mill Run Blvd with a knife. White instructed one of the two tellers to open the glass partition separating the tellers from the public. When the teller could not remove the glass, White removed the window. He then climbed through the window and ordered the tellers to open several safes located behind the teller counter. He also advised the tellers that he had a gun while motioning towards his hip. The tellers backed away and White removed piles of cash from each safe and placed them into a red drawstring bag that he was carrying. He took $111,409 before fleeing the bank in his vehicle. Authorities were able to identify White from surveillance video as well as his vehicle’s registration. Law enforcement executed search warrants on his apartment and car. The search warrant on the car revealed the red Under Armour bag, containing $103,309, as well as the clothing worn during the robbery and the knife. White turned himself in a few days later and confessed to the robbery.

Judge Conti scheduled sentencing for November 16, 2018. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 25 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

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

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with the Allegheny County Police and Brentwood Police Departments, conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

Updated July 25, 2018

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