Gloucester Man Sentenced for Bank Robbery

BOSTON – A Gloucester man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for bank robbery.

Michael Robinson, 40, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young to six years in prison and three years of supervised release. In June 2019, Robinson pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery.

On Nov. 19, 2018, a man, later identified as Robinson, entered the Institution for Savings Bank in Gloucester, walked up to the teller counter, passed a handwritten note, and stole $2,650. Within minutes of the robbery, local police responded to the bank where they reviewed bank surveillance footage and recognized Robinson as the robber. Police also matched bank surveillance footage of Robinson to a recent Facebook photograph Robinson posted the previous weekend. In that Facebook photo, Robinson was wearing the same clothing he wore when he robbed the bank.  Only a few hours after the robbery, police apprehended Robinson on a bus in another city.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Office; Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; and Gloucester Police Chief Edward G. Conley made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Sullivan Jacobus of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.