A Texas man borrowed a BMW from a dealership and used it to rob a bank. He then returned and paid for the car with the stolen cash.
- Eric Dion Warren, 50, tried to use $3,000 of the stolen cash for the
BMW's down payment.
- A dealership employee received a call about the robbery that matched the getaway vehicle to the car.
- Warren pleaded guilty to
bank robberyand was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on Tuesday.
Eric Dion Warren, 50, from the Lubbock area, drove away while the purchase of the black car was still pending on June 7, 2019.He then entered AimBank in Wolfforth, Texas, approached a teller, and put a fast-food paper bag over his head to disguise himself.
Bringing out what was believed to have been a handgun, the bank robber said: "I ain't playing around. I only want 100s and 50s."Warren added: "Don't push any buttons" before fleeing the scene with several thousands of dollars, including bills with recorded serial numbers.
Returning to the dealership within 15 minutes, he waved around the stolen cash and used $3,000 of it as a down payment for the BMW.While the purchase was being finished, an employee received a call about the nearby bank robbery and realized that the description of the getaway vehicle matched the car Warren was about to buy. Warren was arrested with $5,086 in cash, and police recovered a pellet gun that resembled a handgun. His fingerprints and DNA were found on the demand note given to the bank teller.
He pleaded guilty to bank robbery in August 2020 and was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison, the statutory maximum, on Tuesday.
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