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Beaver County man pleads to bank robbery

June 18, 2019 News Extra

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His targets included Cranberry branch

PITTSBURGH — A Beaver County man pleaded guilty Tuesday to robbing four banks including one in Cranberry Township.

Patrick Acierno, 34, formerly of Freedom, pleaded guilty to four counts before Senior United States District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose.

United States Attorney Scott W. Brady said Acierno:

Ÿ Entered the PNC Bank at 20940 Route 19, Cranberry, on Sept. 12, 2018, and robbed it of $2,474.

Ÿ Entered the West View Savings Bank in Wexford, on Nov. 12, 2018, and robbed it of $4,406.

Ÿ Entered the WesBanco Bank in Monaca on Dec. 5, 2018, and robbed it of $11,800.

ŸEntered KeyBank in Ingomar on March 5, 2019, and took $7,743, including eight $20.00 bait bills.

As Acierno ran from the Keybank, one of the tellers observed him getting into a blue Toyota Rav 4, according to police and court records. Franklin Park Police later identified the Toyota Rav4, and apprehended the defendant after a brief vehicle chase.

Inside the vehicle, law enforcement officials found the items Acierno wore during the robbery, and $7,743 in U.S. currency, including the bait bills from the Key Bank.

Sentencing is scheduled for 11 a.m. Oct. 17. Acierno could face 20 years in prison, $250,000 fine or both, under federal sentencing guidelines. He will remain in prison without bond pending sentencing, Brady said.

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Tom Harrison

Tom Harrison

Tom Harrison is an award-winning journalist with 30 years’ experience in Western Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. He has been with the Butler Eagle since May 2013. Harrison has worked at a number of newspapers in Western Pennsylvania, including the Beaver County Times, Meadville Tribune, The Sharon Herald, The Allied News in Grove City, where he was the editor, and the Greenville Record-Argus in Greenville, Pa., where he was the executive editor. He was active with the United Way in Greenville and Grove City and was a founding member of the Greenville Literacy Council. A graduate of Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va., where he played varsity football, Harrison is active with the First United Methodist Church and Congregation B’Nai Abraham Synagogue, both of Butler. He is a professional Santa Claus. Tom and his wife, Cherie, live in Butler.