Man Celebrated His Birthday By Robbing Credit Union

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SALEM, Mass. – A man who told police he needed money to pay bills so he robbed three downtown institutions – including Brotherhood CU on his birthday – was sentenced this week to up to three years in prison.

Scott Oliver, 48, pleaded guilty to three charges of armed robbery.

The crime spree began on July 29 when Oliver walked into the Sovereign Bank and passed a note demanding money to the teller. A month later, on Aug. 21, he entered the Salem Five Cents Savings Bank and handed a note to the teller while telling her not to press the panic button. The female teller handed over a few bills.

A few weeks later, on Sept. 7, he went to Brotherhood CU on his birthday. Oliver passed the teller a note demanding money but also left his license and the note on the counter. The teller then turned the license, which had his address, and the note over to police.

The teller handed over $3,092 in cash to Oliver, who then left with the money. Authorities went to his last known address, where they found Oliver in the hallway.

When police began to quiz him, Oliver blurted out: "Damn, I left my ID on the counter there, didn't I?"


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