Crime

Man who robbed banks in Milton, Lacey sentenced to more than 6 years in prison for spree

A man who robbed banks in four states, including one in Milton and one in Lacey, was sentenced Tuesday to 78 months in prison.

Anthony James Martinis, 42, held up 10 banks across Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Utah, for which he was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

He handed tellers notes demanding all the money from their tills, and left with the cash.

The spree started Sept. 17 with a Fibre Federal Credit Union in Longview. On Sept. 23 he robbed a Chase Bank in Yakima, and several days later he held up an Umpqua Bank in Lacey. Next was a Milton Chase Bank Oct. 6, followed by banks in Oregon later that month.

He went back to Washington and robbed a U.S. Bank in Vancouver on Oct. 22, and hit banks in Idaho and Utah before the end of the month.

Martinis has to pay $17,683 to the banks in restitution.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Longview Police Department, and the U.S. Marshals Service investigated.

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