A Brackenridge man pleaded guilty Wednesday to theft over $ 100,000 in July 2019 from the Allegheny-Ludlum Brackenridge Federal Credit Union.
Thomas George, 66, has pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery at gunpoint, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen Kaufman.
According to court records, on July 10, 2019, George walked into the credit union wearing a white “Guy Fawkes” mask typically associated with hacker collective Anonymous and anti-hero V in the 2005 film, “V for Vendetta ”. He pointed what appeared to be a pistol at two cashiers and demanded that they open the interior door leading behind the counter.
George then demanded that they open the credit union safe, where he took about $ 101,000, federal officials said.
Employees of the credit union have told police that George has been a long-time customer. He had gone to the credit union on the morning of the theft to make a $ 50 deposit and drove the same car he used later that day to leave the scene of the theft.
Authorities executed a federal search warrant about a week later at George’s residence.
But George didn’t want to go out. He started a standoff with the police that lasted nearly five hours, speaking with the police by phone and eventually surrendering.
Investigators found a fully loaded Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun with a round in the chamber on the steps in George’s basement.
They also found a bag containing more than $ 90,000 of the money stolen from George’s furnace, according to federal authorities.
Kaufman said George waived his avowed rights to investigators, but said he used a BB gun, not a 9mm handgun, in the robbery.
George faces a total sentence of up to 25 years in prison. He remains on bail, with conditions imposed by the federal court, pending conviction.