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Feds: Man robbed Long Island banks while serving bank robbery sentence

Loretta Lynch, the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, walks into a news conference in Brooklyn.
Loretta Lynch, the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, walks into a news conference in Brooklyn.
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A convicted bank robber is headed back to federal prison after being sentenced Tuesday for two bank heists on Long Island that he allegedly committed while serving out his prior sentence for committing 14 other bank robberies, federal prosecutors said April 8.

Steven Bertuglia, 41, admitted he committed two bank robberies in June 2011 while he was living at a Brooklyn halfway house and on release from a federal prison for a 2007 conviction – also for bank robbery.

Bertuglia, federal prosecutors say, rented a car on June 9, 20122 and drove to an Atlantic Bank location in Hicksville, where he “presented the teller with a threatening note” and took off with an unspecified amount of cash. Two days later, he showed up at a TD Bank branch in Farmingville and robbed the bank, again using a threatening note, authorities said.

“Having refused to learn from his mistakes, this serial bank robber will now have the next 15 years to contemplate the consequences of his actions,” said Loretta Lynch, the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

Bertuglia was arrested by FBI agents in January 2012 and pleaded guilty to the charges in October 2012.