Pittsburgh man sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for robbing 3 banks in 2017
A Pittsburgh man has been sentenced in federal court to more than 15 years in prison for robbing three banks.
Authorities say the suspect’s lavish spending and his girlfriend’s bragging about it led to his demise.
U.S. District Court Judge Cathy Bissoon imposed the sentence on Bryan Campbell, 27,, federal authorities announced Thursday.
Campbell was convicted of armed bank robbery and related charges..
He was initially charged last March 8 and has been detained since.
Federal authorities said Campbell with co-defendant Daymon Ottey, 31, formerly of Pittsburgh, conspired to rob three banks in 2017: the S&T Bank along Hulton Road in Plum on March 7; the First National Bank off of Allegheny River Boulevard in Verona on May 1; and the Huntington Bank in the Northern Lights Shopping Center in Baden on July 22.
Campbell robbed the S&T Bank, holding bank employees at gunpoint. Ottey was the getaway driver using his girlfriend’s vehicle, federal authorities reported. She was not charged.
Prosecutors say Campbell entered the First National Bank in Verona and wielded the same gun at the employees there.
He then scaled the tellers’ station and entered the bank’s vault stealing more than $84,000 before fleeing.
Authorities said Campbell and Ottey split the proceeds, enabling Ottey to buy a new Jeep Cherokee.
Campbell’s girlfriend posted photos on social media of lavish meals, jewelry and vacations provided to her by Campbell. This information helped FBI to identify Campbell as a possible suspect. She wasn’t charged, either.
Ottey drove Campbell in the Jeep to the Huntington Bank in Baden on July 22, 2017.
Authorities said Campbell entered the bank with the same gun and attempted to rob it but was interrupted when an Economy Borough police car pulled into the driveway. Campbell fled empty handed.
Ottey was sentenced in early December to four years and nine months in a federal penitentiary.
The FBI Pittsburgh’s Violent Crimes Task Force, with assistance from the Plum, Verona, Economy and Shaler police departments and the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Department conducted the investigation.
Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, [email protected] or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.