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A security camera image of the July 14, 2015, robbery of a First National Bank branch in West Mifflin. (Tube City Almanac file photo)
A former resident of Philadelphia has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of robbing two banks near Century III Mall.
Germaine Kelly, 39, faces up to 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said. Sentencing has been scheduled for May 16 before U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon.
Prosecutors said that on July 10, 2015, Kelly entered the Dollar Bank on Route 51 in Pleasant Hills and presented a teller with a note demanding money. He escaped with $1,115.
Four days later, Kelly entered the First National Bank on Lebanon Church Road in West Mifflin and again presented a teller with a note demanding money. In that robbery, prosecutors said, Kelly escaped with $8,370.
Each note advised the teller not to place any dye packs or tracking devices with the money, prosecutors said, and in each robbery, Kelly threatened to come back and kill the tellers.
Prosecutors said fingerprints lifted from the note left at First National Bank matched two of Kelly's fingerprints.
Kelly is currently being held in jail pending sentencing. The FBI and West Mifflin and Allegheny County police conducted the investigation, a spokeswoman said. Assistant U.S. Attorney Shanicka L. Kennedy is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
Originally published December 24, 2018.