Denver Man Sentenced for Bank Heists in Five States

Denver Man Sentenced for Bank Heists in Five States

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) A Denver man has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for robbing 26 banks in Nebraska, Kansas, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.

David Alan Jones, 48, was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Omaha after earlier pleading guilty to multiple bank robberies and related firearms charges.

Jones was caught by the FBI after he robbed the Omaha State Bank in west Omaha on April 30, 2002, said Mike Heavican, U.S. attorney for Nebraska.

He was arrested after police traced the rental car he used when he left the Omaha bank to a Denver rental agency. He returned the car the day after the robbery, only to have FBI agents waiting for him, Heavican said.

More than $7,000 taken from the Omaha bank and a handgun used in the some of the robberies were fund in the trunk of the rental car.

Heavican said Jones pleaded guilty to robbing 11 banks in Colorado, seven in Nebraska, four in Kansas, two in Utah and two in New Mexico.

Heavican said he did not have access to a complete list of the cities where the banks were robbed.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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