Criminal Justice News

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Baltimore Bank Robber Sentenced to Over 15 Years in Prison

BALTIMORE—U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Troy Antoine Boatwright, age 37, of Baltimore, today to 188 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for committing a bank robbery using a dangerous weapon.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department.

According to his guilty plea, on June 8, 2009 Boatwright entered the Wachovia Bank located at 582 Frederick Avenue in Catonsville, Maryland and demanded money from a teller. Boatwright took $3,246 from the teller and left. On March 11, 2010, Boatwright entered the 1st Mariner Bank located at 7007 Security Blvd. in Woodlawn, Maryland. As he ordered a teller to give him money, he lifted up his shirt to reveal what appeared to be a large black automatic handgun. Boatwright took $3,500 from the teller and fled. Later investigation revealed that the gun was in fact a nail gun taped to look like an automatic handgun. Digital surveillance later confirmed the identity of Boatwright as the robber at both banks, and his fingerprints were also recovered at the scene of the second robbery.

Approximately three hours after the March 11, 2010 robbery, members of the Regional Auto Theft Task Force attempted to stop two men, later identified as Boatwright and a relative, who were driving a car. The car had been reported carjacked from an elderly woman at a parking lot by two men generally fitting the description of Boatwright and his relative. After a brief chase, Boatwright and the other man were arrested. Agents searched the car and seized a nail gun and a plastic bag used in the second robbery.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI, the Baltimore County Police Department and the Regional Auto Theft Task Force for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Rachel Miller Yasser, who prosecuted the case.

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