NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A man convicted of robbing the same Brooklyn Sovereign Bank branch twice in two weeks has been sentenced to 26 years in prison.

Edward Pride, 49, was convicted in July of successfully holding up a Brooklyn Heights branch of the bank in February 2011.

WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reports

The Brooklyn District Attorney’s office said Pride walked into the Sovereign Bank on Montague Street and handed the teller a note that read “No dye packs, no one has to get hurt,” and gestured with a hand in his pocket to make it look like he had a gun.

The teller gave Pride $2,500 the first time, so he went back to the same bank and the same teller a couple of weeks later. That second hold-up netted Pride $3,500.

The DA’s office said it was when Pride tried to hold up a different Sovereign Bank branch on Atlantic Avenue that he was busted.

A teller became suspicious of Pride’s behavior and called security. Pride ran out of the bank but was arrested nearby.

He was sentenced to two 13-year prison terms, to be served consecutively.


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