WASHINGTON — A man who robbed a Boston bank last year while he was still on probation for a 2006 bank-robbery spree has been sentenced to nearly 6 years in prison, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts said Tuesday.
Philip Leo Campanirio, 53, was sentenced in federal court in Boston on Monday to 70 months for robbing a Citizens Bank last April, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. In 2007 he pleaded guilty to robbing three Citizens Banks four times the previous year, along with a different bank.
In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge George O’Toole on Monday sentenced Campanirio to 3 years of probation. The judge also ordered him to repay $4,680 to the bank, the statement said.
Campanirio, who has been in custody since his arrest last August, had pleaded guilty in January to one count of bank robbery.
The bank teller whom he robbed described him as a white man who was about 50 and walked with a limp — and also gave investigators a very detailed description of his attire. Bank security cameras captured images of the suspect that matched the teller’s description, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
After the images and description of the suspect were shown in the media, a probation officer who was supervising Campanirio for his 2006 bank robbery convictions recognized him and contacted authorities.
In 2007 Campanirio pleaded guilty to five bank robberies and one attempted bank robbery in or near Boston. On two occasions during his 2006 robbery spree, he returned to the scene of the crime, according to published reports. After getting away with money from a Sovereign Bank, he tried to rob the same bank nine days later — but the teller recognized him and he left empty-handed.
However, he didn’t let that failure deter him. Just four days later, he robbed a Citizens Bank and returned eight days later for another haul, according to published reports.
In each robbery, he gave the teller a note and threatened to shoot but he never displayed a gun, authorities said.
It is not clear how much time Campanario served for the 2006 convictions or when he was released from prison.