New Hampshire Man Sentenced to More Than 15 Years for Bank Robbery and Theft Charges
|U.S. Attorney’s Office May 17, 2013|
PORTLAND—United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty, II announced today that Bernie Subocz, 45, of Manchester, New Hampshire, was sentenced in U.S. District Court by Judge Nancy Torresen to 188 months’ imprisonment for bank robbery, interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle, and interstate transportation of stolen property. Subocz pled guilty to the charges on October 29, 2012.
Court records reveal that on November 19, 2011, Subocz and two associates drove from New Hampshire to the Bank of America branch located in the Wells Plaza shopping center in Maine. Subocz entered the bank where a manager and two tellers were working. Subocz pulled a knit hat down over his face and the hood of his sweatshirt over his head to disguise his identity.
Subocz held one hand inside his pocket as if he had a weapon. He announced that he was there to rob the bank, demanded cash and scolded tellers for trying to activate the alarm. He absconded with $4,228.
On November 23, 2011, Subocz and an associate drove from New Hampshire to the Savings Bank of Maine branch located on U.S. Route 1 in York in a vehicle Subocz stole a day earlier in New Hampshire and on which he had placed stolen Massachusetts license plates.
Subocz entered the bank concealing his identity with a knit hat and hooded sweatshirt. He announced that he was there to rob the bank, that he was serious, and that no one should activate any panic buttons. Subocz held one hand inside his pocket and said that he had a gun. Subocz demanded money and absconded with $10,865 from two tellers.
In pronouncing sentence, Judge Torresen observed that Subocz had one of the worst criminal histories that she had seen, determined that he faced an enhanced sentence as a career offender, and noted that he had terrified the tellers and endangered bystanders.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the Police Departments of York, Wells, Kennebunk, and Kittery, Maine and Manchester, Bedford, and New London, New Hampshire.