An Illinois man was discovered responsible final week of robbing two banks final yr, heists that have been dedicated whereas he was on supervised launch for committing two different financial institution robberies, authorities stated.
Demontrion Deshan Phillips, 28, stole $5,930 throughout an April 27, 2021, from the Midland States Financial institution in Rockford, and one other $4,408 in a theft of Midland States Financial institution in Belvidere weeks later, the Justice Division stated Tuesday.
He was convicted of 4 counts of financial institution theft after a four-day trial.
Federal prosecutors stated Phillips posed as a buyer and handed the tellers a deposit slip and introduced he was robbing the bank.
Within the Belvidere theft, he threatened a teller by saying, “Don’t make me come over-the-counter,” after he wasn’t given as a lot cash as he demanded, prosecutors stated.
Three days after that heist, legislation enforcement searched his Rockford dwelling and located $5,090 in money hidden in a sock.
The money included quite a few payments recognized by serial numbers as having been stolen from the banks in the course of the two heists, authorities stated.
The robberies have been dedicated whereas Phillips was on court-supervised launch following a federal conviction for 2 2017 bank robberies in Rockford.
He’s scheduled to be sentenced on March 16, 2023. He faces as much as 40 years in jail and $500,000 in fines, along with court-ordered restitution.