For the Cumberland Times-News
BALTIMORE — A Cumberland man convicted in three local bank robberies was sentenced in federal court Tuesday to nine years in prison.
John Allen Talerico, 50, of Cumberland was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis. Following his incarceration, Talerico will be placed on five years of supervised release. The judge also ordered Talerico to pay restitution of $31,206.
According to a plea agreement, between March 11, 2011, and Sept. 13, 2011, Talerico committed the robberies at banks in Cumberland. During each robbery, Talerico entered the bank, approached the teller and asked about opening an account, then pointed what appeared to be a large black semiautomatic handgun at the teller and demanded money.
After the tellers gave Talerico cash, he threatened them and demanded more money before fleeing the bank.
On one occasion, when a customer entered the bank during the robbery, Talerico pointed the gun at the customer, telling the customer to “get out of the way.” During the robberies, Talerico wore distinctive clothing, including a knit hat with a brim and large framed glasses.
Talerico robbed the M&T Bank, located at 1150 Industrial Boulevard, on March 11 and Sept. 13, 2011, and he robbed the Susquehanna Bank, located at 600 W. Industrial Boulevard, on June 24, 2011.
Talerico obtained a total of approximately $31,206 from the three robberies.
The crimes were captured on bank surveillance video. During a search warrant executed at Talerico’s home on March 30, 2012, numerous articles of clothing matching those worn by the bank robber in the surveillance photos were seized.
According to court documents and testimony at Tuesday’s sentencing hearing, Talerico committed two additional robberies. On Dec. 23, 2010, Talerico robbed the First Commonwealth Bank in Osterburg, Pa., stealing approximately $4,506. On March 16, 2012, Talerico pretended to “test drive” a used car from a dealer whom he knew, driving the car to Fort Ashby, W.Va., where he robbed the BB&T Bank, stealing about $7,481.