A couple was sentenced to prison for a string of 16 robberies or attempted robberies to fund their drug habit.
Casey Liberty, 31, of Amherst, and Daniel Begin, 33, of Cleveland, were both sentenced to 71 months in prison. Both were ordered to pay $6,598 in restitution.
Liberty and Begin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank robbery, bank robbery, conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery and Hobbs Act robbery.
“This pair went on a month-long crime spree in which they robbed banks and stores to feed their drug habit,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said. “It’s a miracle no one was killed, and we’re gratified this duo will be off the street for years to come.”
The pair alternated roles depending on whether they were robbing a bank or store, according to court documents.
When the couple robbed a bank, Liberty would commit the robbery, while Begin would act as the getaway driver. While Liberty did not display a weapon in any of the bank robberies, she did threaten the presence of one, according to court documents.
“In the first bank robbery, Liberty provided the teller a note that read, ‘Armed Robber outside. Hand me all your money and no one will get hurt,’” a sentencing memorandum from Herdman said. “In the second bank robbery, Liberty told the teller that she had a weapon. In the third bank robbery, she provided the teller with a note that read, ‘I’m armed be quiet put money in envelope.’”
Herdman said she provided the teller in the fourth bank robbery with a note that read, “There are two men outside that are armed, give me money and don’t say a word.”
When the couple robbed private establishments, such as stores and restaurants, Liberty would act as the getaway driver, while Begin committed the robbery. Court documents said the couple purchased a BB gun, which Begin displayed or brandished during some of the robberies.
Sometimes he would brandish the BB gun, while other times he would raise his sweatshirt to display the BB gun tucked in his waistband, according to court documents.
The pair admitted to robbing Andover Bank in Conneaut, Chase Bank in Medina, First National Bank in Beachwood and the Chase Bank in Fairlawn in about a month’s time.
They also pleaded guilty to robbing a Subway in Findlay, a 7-Eleven in Brunswick, a GameStop in Elyria, a Domino’s Pizza in Madison and North Olmsted, a Subway in Avon and another in Elyria and Mr. Hero in Perkins Township, Berea and Canton
The U.S. Attorney’s office said the case was investigated by the FBI and police departments in Conneaut, North Olmsted, Medina, Beachwood, Avon, Elyria, Findlay, Perkins Township, Madison, Berea and North Ridgeville.