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Philly Man Who Led 2018 Robbery Spree Gets 9 Years In Prison

PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia man was sentenced to greater than 9 years in jail for robbing eight banks and companies in Philadelphia in 2018.

According to performing United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams, Gerald Griffith, often known as “Jerry Porecca,” 47, of Philadelphia, was sentenced to 9 years and two months in jail and three years of supervised launch for a virtually six-month crime spree throughout which he robbed eight banks and companies.

In December 2019, Griffith pleaded responsible to 2 counts of financial institution theft, two counts of armed financial institution theft, and 4 counts of Hobbs Act theft. The expenses arose from a drug-fueled crime spree between July and December 2018, throughout which Griffith robbed or tried to rob 4 separate banks, in addition to 4 comfort or grocery shops, in Philadelphia.

Griffith’s collection of robberies started on July 9, 2018, when he tried to rob the BB&T Bank on Roosevelt Boulevard by threatening to explode the financial institution, after which robbed the Firstrust Bank on (*9*) Road roughly 10 minutes later, once more by verbal risk.

In August, Griffith moved on to armed financial institution theft, holding up the BB&T Bank on East York Street on Aug. 21, 2018, after which the BB&T Bank on Orthodox Street the very subsequent day.

During these final two financial institution robberies, Griffith brandished what the financial institution tellers described as a protracted, shiny silver handgun, threatening them to not press “any buttons” and demanding that they offer him “hundreds.”

Additionally, Griffith robbed the ShopRite grocery retailer on Oxford Avenue earlier that summer time, and between Dec. 5, 2018 and Dec. 8, 2018, he robbed the Wawa comfort retailer on Richmond Street, and tried to rob the Sonoco-A-Plus fuel station additionally on Richmond Street and the Dollar General retailer on Cedar Street.