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Man charged with robbery allegedly gambles away loot

Some news stories are simply too strange to believe. Here's one about a man who allegedly robbed 14 banks -- one in both Queens and the Bronx and 12 in Manhattan -- and then lost almost all of that stolen money at the roulette table.

The 26-year-old man was arrested on Aug. 21 at his East Harlem home. While he had allegedly been in Atlantic City, New Jersey, at Bally's casino, detectives had been building a case against him for robbing the banks.

The man allegedly lost most of the stolen $32,000 on the roulette tables. He had reportedly taken a Port Authority bus to Atlantic City in order to "meet girls and have fun." He also allegedly purchased some food and clothes, as well as paying for a hotel room.

He was charged with the Manhattan bank robberies only, but charges for the heists in Queens and the Bronx are expected soon. It is not the first time the man has been in trouble with the law. In 2009, he was convicted of selling narcotics. Other arrests include those for turnstile jumping and trespassing.

A conviction for bank robbery carries serious penalties, including prison time. Restitution may also be ordered. Reports indicate that the casino will not have to pay back the banks the money the man allegedly lost there on their gaming tables.

Those who are facing robbery charges will need an experienced defense attorney as their advocate. Felony charges such as robbery and burglary create a need for a strong, effective defense in order to have a chance at a positive outcome during trial or the sentencing phase if a conviction results.

Source: The New York Post, "Bandit makes off with 32k loses it all in roulette game" Jamie Schram, Aug. 26, 2014

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