A Cumberland man was sentenced Tuesday in US District Court in Baltimore for three bank robberies. John Allen Talerico, 50, was given nine years in prison, according to the US Attorney's Office for Maryland. After he gets out, Talerico will be put on five-years supervised released, and must pay restitution of $31,206.
The robberies occurred between March 11, 2011 and September 13, 2011, according to his plea agreement. During each robbery, he entered the bank, approached the teller and asked about opening an account. Talerico then pointed a gun at the teller and demanded money. After receiving the money, he demanded more cash, from the tellers and then fled the bank. In one instance, according to his plea agreement, Talerico pointed the gun at a customer, and said "get out of the way." During the holdups, he wore distinctive clothing, including a knit hat with a brim and large framed glasses.
The banks he robbed in Cumberland were the M&T Bank on Industrial Boulevard on March 11th and September 13, 2011; and the Susquehanna Bank on West Industrial Boulevard on June 24, 2011. In addition, federal officials say Talerico held up the First Commonwealth Bank in the 8400 block of William Penn Highway in Osterburg, Pennsylvania on December 23rd, 2010. And on March 16th, 2012, he pretended to "test drive" a new car, driving it to Fort Ashby, West Virginia, where he robbed the BB&T Bank, federal authorities say. The total amount taken from both banks was $11, 957.
The robberies were captured on bank surveillance video. A search warrant was executed at Talerico's home on March 30th, 2012, and numerous articles of clothing matching those worn in the bank robberies in the surveillance photos were confiscated.