A man has been arrested and charged in connection with a string of robberies that took place across Pennsylvania and nearby states. The man faces multiple felony charges in the matter, after a lengthy investigation conducted by a joint effort of more than 10 law enforcement agencies. As the matter moves forward, the individual accused of the robberies is at risk of serious punitive measures if a conviction against him is obtained.
The crimes involved are a string of 16 robberies that took place in five states. The crimes occurred over a period of just over one year. In investigating the crimes, law enforcement officers made use of surveillance recordings captured at various crime scenes. They also worked with witnesses to the robberies.
Based on that evidence, a 41-year-old man was arrested. It is unclear if any additional evidence was used to identify the man or connect him to the crimes. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a period of probation upon release and as much as $250,000 in fines.
In making his defense in this matter, the man and his legal team may focus on the type of evidence used by police to link him to these 16 robberies. In many cases, surveillance footage provides an incomplete means of identification. Also, the ability of witnesses to accurately identify a suspect has been called into question during many trials, and witness accounts have been proven to be unreliable. While the exact defense strategy has not likely been determined as of yet, the man facing these multiple felony charges certainly has the need to mount an aggressive defense within the Pennsylvania federal court.
Source: fbi.gov, "New Jersey Man Federally Charged with Robbing 14 Banks and Two Businesses in Central Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Maryland", June 29, 2015