BOONTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A retired Essex County sheriff’s deputy and Air Force veteran was sentenced to eight years in prison for robbing a bank last year and threatening to shoot a female teller.
Harry Schnitzer, 71, pleaded guilty in December to robbing Santander Bank in Boonton in April of last year.READ MORE: 2nd Former Aide Accuses Gov. Andrew Cuomo Of Sexual Harassment, Governor Requests Independent Review
Schnitzer handed the teller a note, claiming to have a gun. Authorities said he stole $2,750.
He was arrested in his room at a Parsippany hotel after someone recognized him in the surveillance pictures released by police.READ MORE: COVID Vaccine In New York: Mayor De Blasio Says NYC Is On Track To Vaccinate Half A Million New Yorkers Per Week
Schnitzer, of Parsippany, must serve nearly seven years of the sentence imposed Friday before he becomes eligible for parole, the Daily Record reported.
Schnitzer was previously sentenced to five years in federal prison in 2006 for robbing three other banks. He went on disability retirement in 2002.
Schnitzer’s attorney says she believes mental health issues are behind the crimes.MORE NEWS: NYPD: Good Samaritan Killed, 3 Hurt In Stabbing Linked To Illegal Brooklyn Gambling Den
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