Thursday, January 31, 2013
Fawzi Atra of Bethlehem Township to serve nearly six years in a federal prison for six bank robberies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
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Thursday, January 31
A Bethlehem Township man the FBI called “The Silent Bandit” for the manner in which he robbed six banks in Pennsylvania and New Jersey was sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison on Wednesday, according to published reports. Fawzi Atra, 43, of 2011 14th St., was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release following the prison sentence and pay a special assessment and $9,688 in restitution, according to The Morning Call. Atra had previously pleaded guilty to the crimes. When he was arrested after his sixth heist in Mount Pocono, Atra told police that he was motivated to rob banks because the economy was terrible and he had lost his job. The robbery spree began on April 3 at the KNBT bank branch inside the Giant …
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Arrested Thursday after robbery at Mount Pocono bank, Bethlehem Township man tells police he robbed six others, including the KNBT on the West Side.
A Bethlehem Township man arrested for a bank robbery in Mount Pocono Thursday is now the prime suspect in six other bank robberies including the one at the KNBT in West Bethlehem on April 3, according to court papers. “I’m the silent bandit,” Fawzi K. Atra told a detective from the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department shortly after being taken into custody on suspicion of robbing the ESSA Bank inside a Weis Market, according to a federal court affidavit filed by an FBI agent. Atra, 42, of 2011 14th St., in Bethlehem Township, is at this point charged only in the robbery committed Thursday in Mount Pocono, though the federal affidavit says Atra claimed responsibility for six other bank heists this month – all of the robberies …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Bank robber who has hit in West Bethlehem and four other locations dubbed "The Silent Bandit" by the FBI.
The man who robbed the KNBT Bank in the West Bethlehem Giant Food supermarket on April 3 has struck four more banks since, according to an alert issued by the FBI. His most recent heist happened Wednesday morning at a PNC Bank in Flemington, N.J., NBC 10 reports. Surveillance photos posted by the law enforcement agency show a similar looking man robbing another PNC Bank in the Shop Rite in Hopewell, N.J., on April 14 and a QNB Bank inside the Giant grocery store in Richland on April 17. The two new incidents brings the tally to five bank robberies attributed by the FBI to the man dubbed "The Silent Bandit." He also hit the PNC Bank in the Shop Rite in Warminster, Bucks County on April 11 and a PNC Bank at the Shop Rite in Marlton, N.J. …