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

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Pittsburgh Man Took Nearly $120K During 2016 Bank Robbery Spree across Southwestern PA

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of armed bank robbery and bank robbery, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Gregory Magee, 48, pleaded guilty to two counts of armed bank robbery and four counts of bank robbery before United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Magee robbed six banks between January through November of 2016.

The court was advised that on the afternoon of January 20, 2016, Magee entered First Niagara Bank located at 20111 Route 19, Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, cap, sunglasses, gloves, and scarf covering this face. Upon entering the bank, Magee brandished a black handgun and demanded money from several tellers, who gave him $5,526.

The court was further advised that on the afternoon of February 29, 2016, Magee entered First Merit Bank located at 2090 West State Street, New Castle, Pennsylvania, wearing a green poncho, sunglasses, gloves, and scarf covering his face. Upon entering the bank, Magee brandished a black handgun, handed plastic bags to several tellers, and demanded money from the tellers, who complied and gave him $10,126. Magee fled the scene of the robbery in his personal vehicle, a black Cadillac ATS with black rims, which was observed on video surveillance and by an eyewitness.

The court was further advised that around noon on March 31, 2016, Magee entered First Niagara Bank located at 4073 Washington Road, McMurray, Pennsylvania, wearing sunglasses and gloves. Upon entering the bank, Magee threatened that he had a gun, gave plastic bags to tellers, and demanded money from the tellers, who complied and gave him $9,133. Magee carried an open umbrella inside the bank while committing this robbery. Magee fled the scene of the robbery in a bronze Cadillac ATS, which he was driving as a loaner vehicle. This vehicle was captured on surveillance video and observed by an eyewitness.

The court was further advised that late morning on June 8, 2016, Magee entered First Commonwealth Bank located at 5847 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses, and gloves. Upon entering the bank, Magee threatened that he had a gun, handed out plastic bags to several tellers, and demanded money from the tellers, who complied and gave him $3,709. Magee again held an open umbrella during this robbery.

The court was further advised that on the afternoon of August 11, 2016, Magee entered Citizens Bank located at 2537 Constitution Boulevard, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, baseball cap, sunglasses, gloves, and scarf covering his face. Upon entering the bank, Magee threatened to have a bomb, handed plastic bags to several tellers, and demanded money from the tellers, who complied and gave him $12,559. Magee again carried an open umbrella in the bank while committing this robbery. Magee’s hat was left at the scene of the robbery. DNA was recovered from the hat and found by the FBI laboratory to match a DNA sample from Magee. Magee was observed fleeing the scene in a Buick Regal, which he was driving as a loaner vehicle that day.

The court was further advised that around noon on November 8, 2016, Magee entered S&T Bank located at 4580 Broadway Boulevard, Monroeville, Pennsylvania, wearing a hooded jacket, sunglasses, and gloves. Upon entering the bank, Magee threatened to have a bomb and displayed a bag with protruding wires. Magee handed plastic bags to several tellers and demanded money from them, and they complied. Magee also demanded access to the bank’s vault. The bank manager opened the vault and gave cash from the vault to Magee. Magee stole $78,643 during this robbery. Magee was apprehended by law enforcement shortly after the robbery hiding in a drainage pipe in a wooded area near the bank. Magee was in possession of the stolen currency and bag with protruding wires, later determined to be Ethernet cables. Magee had driven a loaner Cadillac vehicle, which was located near the scene of the robbery.

After his arrest, a 9mm Kel-Tec handgun loaded with nine rounds of ammunition was recovered from Magee’s personal vehicle.

Judge Fischer scheduled sentencing for November 29, 2018. With respect to each armed bank robbery, the law provides for a maximum sentence of not more than 25 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. With respect to each bank robbery, the law provides for a maximum sentence of not more than 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney David Lew is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cranberry Township Police Department, Union Township Police Department, Peters Township Police Department, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Chippewa Township Police Department, Monroeville Police Department, and Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation leading to the guilty plea in this case.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Updated July 10, 2018