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Serial Bank Robber Sentenced for Holdups in Cuyahoga Falls

Benjamin G. Gates, 33, of Canton, was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison after appearing for a hearing in the federal courthouse Monday

A Canton man who robbed eight banks across Northeast Ohio — from North Canton to Cuyahoga Falls and Youngstown — was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison Monday.

Benjamin G. Gates, 33, had been indicted in September and then in November pleaded guilty to eight counts of bank robbery in U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio.

“This sentence should send a clear message to those who would think about robbing a bank,” U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach said in the community newspaper, The Falls News-Press. “Our law enforcement partners are to be commended for bringing an end to this wave of bank robberies.”

Police had connected Gates to the following Ohio bank robberies: 

  • July 2: U.S. Bank, located inside the Fishers Food store at 4403 Cleveland Ave. in Canton.
  • July 20: U.S. Bank, located inside the Giant Eagle at 75 Graham Rd. in Cuyahoga Falls.
  • July 27: Huntington Bank, located inside the Giant Eagle at 4700 Belmont Ave. in Youngstown.
  • Aug. 3: Huntington Bank, located inside the Giant Eagle at Washington Square in North Canton.
  • Aug. 10: Huntington Bank, located inside the Giant Eagle at 608 Raff Rd. in Canton.
  • Aug. 16: U.S. Bank, located inside the Acme Fresh Market  at 2630 Bailey Rd. in Cuyahoga Falls.

Vindy.com also reported Gates robbed two banks in Pittsburgh and Erie, Pa., and netted $24,528 in stolen cash.

wmfr March 06, 2013 at 07:24 PM
I am never happy to see anyone get sent to prison and even this guy, but unfortunately it sometimes is needed. I think 12 years is a long time though, I see dope boys in cleveland committing robbery and not getting half the time and injuring people in the process.
Morgan Day March 06, 2013 at 08:55 PM
A comment has been deleted because of profanity.
Morgan Day March 06, 2013 at 08:56 PM
I take that back. TWO comments.
Walt Dailey March 07, 2013 at 05:38 AM
The Judicial system better gear up for more of these robberies due to the economy and the idiots we have in Washington. People will rely to last effort tactics.
Earl Elevant March 07, 2013 at 10:47 PM
The courts won't do anything but put a revolving door on the front of the jail. Nobody gets jail time anymore. They're given nothing that will keep them off the streets or do anything to stop them when they get out and are thinking about committing more crime.

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