Polite bank robber sentenced to 10 years in federal prison

May 10, 2012|By Tricia Bishop

A 32-year-old Crofton man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Thursday for armed bank robbery, after holding up the same two M&T banks a total of five times and making off with more than $30,000, sometimes wishing the tellers a “nice day” on his way out, according to the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Wearing a hoodie and a neoprene face mask, William Alexander Norbeck burst into an M&T Bank on the 500 block of Solomons Island Road in Prince Frederick in March of last year, racking a 12-gauge, pump-action shotgun and telling everyone to “get down,” according to his plea agreement. He demanded unadulterated cash, and left with nearly $9,000 and a polite “thank you, have a nice day.”

Six nearby schools were placed on lockdown because of the incident, prosecutors said.

Two weeks later, he robbed the same bank, apologizing for the lockdown and adding “you ladies have a nice day” as he took off with $4,500.

He admitted hitting another bank on the 3100 block of Solomons Island Road three times, in June, July and August — at least once while armed with a pellet gun — for a total take of about $17,000. He was arrested after the third robbery because of tracking material placed in with the money, prosecutors said.

Norbeck was also ordered to pay $30,500 in restitution.


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