Man gets 16 1/2 years for bank robberies


September 09, 2006

A 55-year-old man was sentenced to 16 1/2 years in prison yesterday for robbing nine banks in and around Baltimore, Montgomery County and Washington, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Prosecutors said the man netted more than $52,000 from the robberies between July 21 2005 and July 5.

Prosecutors said in a statement that Gerald Alex Bigsby robbed the same Bank of America branch on Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring in July 2005 and again in June of this year. Police said he used a large knife in most attacks and once threatened clerks with a fake bomb.

The holdups in Baltimore occurred at BB&T Bank in the 200 block of E. Pratt St. on May 24,; Sun Trust Bank in the 100 block of E. Baltimore St. on June 7; and M&T Bank in the first block of S. Charles St. on June 20. He robbed an M&T Bank in White Marsh on June 28.

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