NEWS/CRIME

By News Release

CONCORD — Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced Thursday that Vincent M. Torraco, 26, of Athol, Massachusetts, was sentenced to serve 43 months in federal prison for a series of bank robberies that occurred in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

According to court documents and statements made during Torraco’s earlier plea hearing, Torraco robbed TD Bank branches in Gardner, Massachusetts, on September 16, 2016, in Rindge, on September 23, 2016, and in Winchester, Connecticut, on September 24, 2016.  In each robbery, Torraco passed a note to a bank teller demanding money.  In at least two of the robberies, the notes included warnings not to include dye packs with the money.  Torraco was identified as the robber in each instance through bank security images, which revealed distinctive clothing and physical characteristics common to Torraco, and in one case a fingerprint on the demand note.  Torraco was arrested on September 27, 2016, in Huntersville, North Carolina.

Torraco previously pleaded guilty to three counts of bank robbery.  After serving his sentence, he will serve a three-year term of supervised release.

“Bank robberies are inherently violent offenses that can jeopardize the lives of bank employees and customers,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Farley.  “The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to working with all of our law enforcement partners to combat violent crime and to improve the safety of our communities.”

Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Boston Division said, “Mr. Torraco not only took money from a federally insured bank, he also  intimidated the tellers, and  wasted taxpayer resources by requiring law enforcement officers to search for him.  This sentence imposed on the defendant reflects the serious nature of bank robbery. The FBI is proud of the relationship with its law enforcement partners and working together, we are able to make our community a safer place.”

The investigation of this matter was overseen by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and conducted by the Rindge (N.H.) Police Department, the Gardner (Massachusetts) Police Department, the Winchester (Connecticut) Police Department and the Huntersville (North Carolina) Police Department.  The prosecution of the case is being coordinated with the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Districts of Massachusetts and Connecticut, the Middle District (Massachusetts) Attorney’s Office, and the Litchfield County (Connecticut) State’s Attorney’s Office.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Morse.