MIAMI, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – Christopher C. Pinkston, 43, was sentenced his week to more than 13 years in federal prison for robbing three South Florida banks and attempting to rob a fourth during a month ago a wave of crimes earlier this year. Pinkston had previously spent nearly twelve years in federal prison for a series of bank robberies in 2006 in the Western District of Missouri.
According to court records, at approximately 1:30 p.m. on February 11, Pinkston walked into the Chase Bank located at 13745 SW 152nd Street in Miami, approached an ATM and handed the cashier a note saying, “I have need $ 30,000 or everyone. [sic] Dead. ”The victim’s teller gave Pinkston $ 1,000 in cash, after which Pinkston left the bank, leaving the note on sight behind him. Pinkston robbed a second bank around 1:30 p.m. on February 19. He was walked into City National Bank located at 13780 SW 88th St. in Miami, walked up to an ATM and handed the cashier a note saying, “Hello, this is a heist. $ 30,000 discount you have less one minute no ink bombs or trackers Thank you [sic]. “The victim’s cashier handed Pinkston $ 5,100 in cash, after which Pinkston left the bank, leaving the note on sight behind him.
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On March 5, the defendant entered a TD bank in Palmetto Bay, approached the desk of one of the TD Bank employees, sat down and handed the employee a note demanding $ 30,000 . When the employee informed the defendant that she had no cash in her till, he took back his sight note and left the bank. The employee recalled that the note began with “It’s a theft, I need $ 30,000.” Only 15 minutes later, the accused entered another Chase Bank in Miami located about a mile from the previous attempted theft. The accused approached one of the counters and handed the cashier a note demanding $ 30,000: “It’s a theft, I need $ 30,000, do it fast.” The defendant walked out of the bank with $ 24,900.
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On September 29, 2021, Pinkston pleaded guilty to two counts of bank robbery in violation of 18 USC § 2113 (a). US District Judge William P. Dimitrouleas imposed Pinkston’s sentence.
Acting US Attorney Juan Antonio Gonzalez of the Southern District of Florida and FBI Miami Special Agent in Charge George L. Piro have announced the sentence.
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The Miami FBI has investigated this matter, with the cooperation and assistance of the Miami Dade Police Department and the Miami City Police Department, Special Investigations Section. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Egozi continued the case.