RI man sentenced to 12 years for bank robbery spree

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Cumberland man has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for robbing three banks in two states in less than a month.

Joseph Petrarca was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Providence. He pleaded guilty in March to robbing two Rhode Island banks. At sentencing Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to robbing a Hartford, Vermont bank.

Prosecutors say stole $1,764 when he robbed a Citizens Bank in Cumberland in December 2012, and almost $9,600 when he robbed a Washington Trust in Cranston in January 2013.

Authorities say he also made off with more than $6,200 when he robbed a People’s United Bank in Vermont that month.

In all three, the 50-year-old Petrarca either said or suggested he was armed.

He was ordered to pay full restitution.

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