A man was sentenced to 70 month in prison for his part in stealing $81,530 in an armed robbery at a Windsor bank.
Odain J. Johnson, 22, of Hartford, will have three years of supervised release once he gets out of prison for committing an armed robbery at First Niagara Bank last January, according to the office of Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for Connecticut.
Two masked men, one of them armed with a gun, robbed the bank at 9:15 a.m. on Jan. 10, according to court documents. The robbers vaulted over the counter and ordered, ordering two bank employees to go to the bank vault and commanding one of them to open it, according to the U.S. attorney's office. Inside the vault, the robbers ordered them to the ground as they stole money, the U.S. attorney's office said. Then the bank robbers forced the bank employees to open teller drawers for them so they could steal more money, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.
A customer came into the bank while the armed robbery was underway and one of the robbers aimed the gun at the person and ordered him to get on the ground without looking up, the U.S. attorney's office said.
As the bank robbers fled, they passed by another customer about to go into the bank, so one of the robbers told him at gunpoint, "If you say anything, we'll shoot you," according to the U.S. attorney's office.
The robbers stole $81,530 from the bank, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
As Windsor police investigated, East Windsor police, who were investigating similar robberies at banks and credit unions in their town, informed them they obtained an arrest warrant for David M. Johnson in the July 21, 2014 robbery of Nutmeg State Federal Credit Union in East Windsor, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
Police searched Johnson's Enfield home on Jan. 10 at 9:45 p.m. and found $81,946, mostly bound in First Niagara Bank straps initialed by one of the bank employee victims, according to the U.S. attorney's office. Police seized the money, a fully loaded .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun and other items.
Then police arrested Odain Johnson on Jan. 17 in Lewiston, Maine and he has been in custody ever since. Johnson pleaded guilty to armed bank robbery and admitted to police he carried a gun in the incident, according to the U.S. attorney.
David M. Johnson also pleaded guilty on Aug. 31 to bank robbery in the First Niagara Bank armed robbery and also admitted to stealing $109,166 in the Nutmeg State Federal Credit Union in East Windsor on July 21, 2014 and $84,145 from the Nutmeg State Credit Union in Glastonbury on Nov. 7, 2014, according to the U.S. attorney's office. He remains in custody and hasn't been sentenced yet.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Windsor, East Windsor and Glastonbury police all investigated the case with the help of Enfield police, the Capital Region Emergency Services Team (CREST) and Maine State Police.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Deborah R. Slator and Douglas M. Morabito are prosecuting the case.