Buffalo man admits twice robbing two banks

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Buffalo man who twice robbed two Citizen Bank branches in Amherst and Buffalo has pleaded guilty to federal charges.

Earl Moss, 29, robbed his first bank on April 18, 2010 on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo. He came into the branch waving a silver handgun and demanding cash. He then fled on foot. Two days later, wearing women’s clothes, he held up the bank on Sheridan Drive in Amherst. But shortly after he left the bank, a dye pack secreted inside the cash exploded, and Moss abandoned the cash, which was returned to the bank by a citizen.

On April 30, Moss again donned women’s clothes, this time to again rob the Elmwood Avenue branch. He warned tellers, “No dye packs or I’ll kill you.” He then fled the scene after getting cash.

After that spree, Moss moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he caught the attention of the FBI when he robbed a bank in early December. Agents were busy gathering evidence when Moss returned to WNY and again robbed the Sheridan Drive branch on December 24. In that incident, a customer fired four shots from his licensed handgun at Moss, none of which struck him.

Two days later, Moss was in custody.

He could now face a term of life in prison when he is sentenced in August on charges of bank robbery and brandishing a firearm in connection with a crime of violence.

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