Massachusetts Man Sentenced to 43 Months for 3 Bank Robberies, One in NH
CONCORD — A Massachusetts man was sentenced Thursday to serve 43 months in federal prison for a series of 2016 bank robberies that occurred in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
After previously pleading guilty to three counts of bank robbery, 26-year-old Vincent M. Torraco, of Athol, Mass., will serve 43 months in federal prison, followed by a three-year term of supervised release.
According to court documents and statements made during Torraco’s earlier plea hearing, Torraco robbed TD Bank branches in Gardner, Massachusetts, on Sept. 16, 2016, in Rindge on Sept 23, 2016, and in Winchester, Connecticut, on Sept. 24, 2016.
In each robbery, Torraco passed a note to a bank teller demanding money. In at least two of the robberies, the notes included warnings not to include dye packs.
Torraco was identified as the robber in each instance through bank security images, which revealed distinctive clothing and physical characteristics common to Torraco. In one case a fingerprint on the demand note connected Torraco to the crime.
Torraco was arrested Sept. 27, 2016, in Huntersville, North Carolina.
“Bank robberies are inherently violent offenses that can jeopardize the lives of bank employees and customers,” said Acting U.S. Attorney John J. Farley. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to working with all of our law enforcement partners to combat violent crime and to improve the safety of our communities.”
"Mr. Torraco not only took money from a federally insured bank, he also intimidated the tellers and wasted taxpayer resources by requiring law enforcement officers to search for him,” said Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Boston Division. “This sentence imposed on the defendant reflects the serious nature of bank robbery. The FBI is proud of the relationship with its law enforcement partners and working together, we are able to make our community a safer place."
The prosecution of the case is being coordinated with the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Districts of Massachusetts and Connecticut, the Middle District (Massachusetts) Attorney’s Office, and the Litchfield County (Connecticut) State’s Attorney’s Office.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Morse.