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

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Surveillance Photos Led to Identification of Mt. Washington Bank Robber who Pleaded Guilty Today

PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, has pleaded guilty to a charge of bank robbery, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Matthew Gallo, age 34, formerly of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge David S. Cercone.

In connection with the guilty plea, the Court was advised that on December 4, 2017, an individual, later identified as the Matthew Gallo, robbed the First National Bank in the Mt. Washington section of the City of Pittsburgh. He fled the bank with $730.00 before authorities could apprehend him. Surveillance photos from the robbery were shown on the local news. FBI received two separate tips identifying Matthew Gallo as the individual responsible for the bank robbery. On January 10, 2018, Allegheny County Sheriff’s personnel arrested Gallo on an unrelated matter. Gallo later confessed to committing the bank robbery. Gallo was also shown a surveillance photograph of the bank robber and signed the back of a photograph identifying himself as the robber.

Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing for October 4, 2018. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000.00, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense 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, City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation in this case.

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