Man sentenced for robberies including at Hazel Dell bank

first_imgA man who committed a multiweek series of robberies in 2017, which included a Hazel Dell Chase Bank branch, was sentenced Tuesday to more than nine years in federal prison.Dannie Kay Alston, 67, pleaded guilty Feb. 21 in U.S. District Court in Oregon to the Aug. 7, 2017, robbery at the bank located at 200 N.E. 78th St., according to a Department of Justice news release. Alston also admitted to carrying out robberies in the Oregon cities of Medford, Salem and Roseburg through Sept. 9, 2017.U.S. District Court Judge Michael J. McShane ordered that Alston pay back the $11,748 stolen from the banks. Alston took $2,300 in the Hazel Dell robbery, the news release says.Around 3:30 p.m. Aug. 7, 2017, a man entered the Hazel Dell bank, approached a teller’s window and demanded money, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. No weapons were displayed. He then took the money and fled on foot. A police dog was called but was unable to locate the suspect, the sheriff’s office said.In all four robberies, Alston wore sunglasses and a ski or baseball cap to conceal his identity, the news release says. Alston communicated with bank tellers primarily with handwritten notes or signs.last_img

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