Bank robber gets 10 years in federal prison

A seri­al bank rob­ber was ordered last Wed­nes­day to serve 10 years in fed­er­al pris­on for tar­get­ing four banks, in­clud­ing one in the North­east.

Mark Labenz, 33, pleaded guilty in March to rob­bing Cit­izens Bank at 2102 Cottman Ave. on Dec. 31, 2009, as well as three oth­er loc­a­tions with­in the last year. He also robbed Re­pub­lic Bank at 833 Chest­nut St. last Dec. 19, Pruden­tial Sav­ings Bank at 28 N. Third St. last Dec. 23 and Wells Fargo Bank at 340-50 S. Second St. last Jan. 3. In the most re­cent heist, Labenz phys­ic­ally re­strained a bank pat­ron while de­mand­ing money from an em­ploy­ee, pro­sec­utors said. He also stole $400 cash from the pat­ron.

Crim­in­al re­cords show nu­mer­ous ad­dresses for Labenz in Phil­adelphia. In ad­di­tion to the pris­on sen­tence, U.S. Dis­trict Judge Juan Sanc­hez ordered him to serve three years of su­per­vised re­lease and pay resti­tu­tion of $5,889. ••

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