Monday March 25, 2013 | By:Felice E. Krycia-associate editor | News
This is the photograph that was circulated by officials which shows the suspect, later identified as Timothy Ernle of Buffalo robbing the Hamburg Evans National Bank on South Park Avenue on July 3, 2010.
Timothy Ernle, 51, of Buffalo, has pled guilty to the two Evans National Bank robberies in Hamburg which occurred within 10 days of each other in July 2010.
The bank branch, located on South Park Avenue, was first robbed on July 3,2010 when the suspect, wearing regular clothing plus a baseball cap, latex gloves and a stocking over his face to disguise himself, jumped over the teller window and removed $12,500. At the time he allegedly threatened the tellers with a sharp metal crowbar type instrument.
On July 13, 2010 Ernle came into the bank again disguised with a baseball hat, latex gloves and stocking over his face, jumped over the teller's counter and emptied the drawer, exactly the same as before. This time he did not threaten anyone, police said.
On Monday, March 25, Ernle pled guilty to the charges before U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara to bank robbery. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa M. Marangola, who is handling the case, Ernle not only robbed the Hamburg Evans National Bank, but also robbed a M&T Bank branch on Delaware Avenue in Kenmore that July. A total of approximately $27,000 was taken in those three robberies.
Ernle is currently serving a state prison sentence for a bank robbery in Niagara County.
Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 18 at 1:30 p.m. in Front of Arcara.
The pleas is the result of an investigation by special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Christopher M. Piehota.