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Pittsburgh man pleads guilty to bank robbery that netted $540 |

Pittsburgh man pleads guilty to bank robbery that netted $540

| Tuesday, October 16, 2018 11:00 p.m.

A Pittsburgh man has pleaded guilty to robbing a Downtown Pittsburgh bank in February and making off with $540 he used to pay debt and buy a cellphone, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

Darryl Leon Wilson, 61, was convicted of one count of bank robbery after admitting to police that he robbed the Key Bank near the Warner Center this past winter, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said.

Wilson faces a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison, a fine up to $250,000 or both.

On Feb. 22, Wilson entered the Key Bank branch wearing a purple hat and scarf so it covered most of his face, prosecutors said. The teller asked him to remove the items of clothing, to which he replied, “If I don’t get out of here fast, someone will get hurt.”

Then Wilson placed a note on the teller’s counter that read, “Someone will get shot if you don’t give the 100’s, 50’s, 20’s and 10’s. No dye packs, smile and move fast. Sorry.”

The teller gave the defendant a total of $540 in loose $20 and $5 bills, prosecutors said.

Surveillance video showed Wilson walking through Downtown Pittsburgh and into the Warner Center before catching a bus.

According to prosecutors, when officers arrived at his home with a search warrant on March 2, Wilson answered the door with his hands raised and said, “I did it.”

“I know why you’re here,” Wilson told the officers. “I robbed the bank.”

Wilson — who was wearing the same tennis shoes the day of his arrest as when he robbed the bank — told police he used the stolen money to repay borrowed money and buy a phone.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shanicka L. Kennedy prosecuted the case with help from the FBI and Pittsburgh police.

U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer scheduled a sentencing for March 7.

Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Natasha at 412-380-8514, or via Twitter @NewsNatasha.

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