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'U-30 Bandit' pleads guilty to eight bank robberies

Posted by Metro Desk  November 30, 2010 11:30 AM

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A Norwood man dubbed by police as the “U-30 Bandit” pleaded guilty today in federal court to eight counts of armed bank robbery.

Dimitri Long, 34, faces faces up to 25 years imprisonment on each count, followed by five years of supervised release, and fines and restitution, according to United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz.

Long pleaded guilty for robberies committed at Bank of America in Wellesley on March
26, 2009, and April 24, 2009; TD Bank in Needham on April 3, 2009; Village Bank in Newton on May 13, 2009; Ukranian Credit Union in Dedham on May 29, 2009; Bank of America in Dedham on June 5, 2009; Sharon Credit Union on June 16, 2009; and Sovereign Bank in Needham on July 1, 2009.

In each instance, Long would enter the bank waving a black semi-automatic pistol. In three of the eight robberies, authorities said he placed a device, which looked like a bomb, on the bank counter.

The devices all turned out to be fake bombs.

In one calling card that employees at each bank noticed, the robber was communicating with someone outside the bank via a portable walkie-talkie.

Long and his getaway driver and half-brother, Michael Coty, were captured by the FBI immediately after the Sovereign Bank robbery as they fled the scene.

Coty was sentenced to 60 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release in October.

U.S. District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock set sentencing for February 28, 2011.

Originally published on the blog MetroDesk.

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