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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Atlantic City Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Robbery


CAMDEN, NJ—An Atlantic County, New Jersey man today admitted robbing Wells Fargo Bank in Atlantic City and Sun National Bank in Ventnor, New Jersey, on January 12, 2012, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Larry Patrick Kearns, 45, of Landisville, New Jersey, pleaded guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle in Camden federal court to an information charging him with two counts of bank robbery.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On January 12, 2012, Kearns entered a Wells Fargo Bank in Atlantic City, approached a bank teller, threatened her, and demanded money from her. The bank teller complied with Kearns’ demand, and Kearns fled the bank with the money. Kearns traveled to Margate and stole a car, which he used in the robbery of the Sun National Bank in Ventnor that same day. Again, Kearns approached a bank teller, threatened her, and demanded money from her. The bank teller complied, and Kearns fled the bank with the money in the stolen car. While fleeing from the robbery, Kearns crashed the stolen car into a tree and was apprehended by police.

The charges to which Kearns pleaded guilty are each punishable by a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Sentencing is scheduled for November 20, 2012.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of special agent in charge Michael B. Ward in Newark, as well as the Atlantic City Police Department, the Ventnor Police Department, the Margate Police Department, and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office for their work leading to today’s guilty plea.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Diana Carrig of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Camden.

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