An electronic monitoring device helped law enforcement authorities track the movements of a man involved with three attempted bank robberies.
Quantal Blake, 28, was found guilty Thursday in federal court on three counts of bank robbery.
On Feb. 4, officials said, the Premier Bank at 352 N. 114th St. was robbed about 11:15 a.m. when two men ran in with partially covered faces and demanded money. They took cash from the bank and fled from the area. A vehicle they had stolen the night before was used in the getaway. It was found abandoned a few blocks from the bank.
On March 20, officials said, two men wearing masks approached the front door of the same bank about 8:40 a.m. The passenger got out of a vehicle that had been stolen the day before and attempted to enter the bank, which was not yet open. They fled from the area, striking another vehicle in the process and abandoning their vehicle a short distance away.
Later that same day, about 1:15 p.m., two men entered the First Westroads Bank at 612 N. 98th St. They had their faces obscured, and one had his hand under a coat as if he had a weapon. They took money from the bank, fled from the area and abandoned their vehicle near North 96th Street and Western Avenue.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Omaha police and the FBI determined that Blake was on parole from a prior robbery conviction. As part of his parole, he was required to wear an electronic monitoring device on his ankle. The device tracked the places where each robbery occurred, the locations where both vehicles had been stolen and where all three vehicles had been abandoned after the robberies.
Blake will be sentenced Aug. 24. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.
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