Convicted bank robber sentenced to 15 years

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- A Portsmouth man convicted for taking part in six armed robberies of financial institutions was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

According to court documents, 26-year-old Rashad Harris, along with other suspects, robbed three separate Title Max Max stores and an Advance America Cash Advance store in Portsmouth, as well as an armed robbery of the BB&T bank in Chesapeake and a Wells Fargo bank in Portsmouth. 

Investigators said Harris and a co-conspirator would enter these places and pretend at first to be interested in obtaining a loan.  They would then brandish firearms, and demand money.

During the last robbery of the Wells Fargo bank, Harris handed the teller a robbery note demanding money. The note was written on a starter check issued by Wells Fargo to Harris.

The tellers then looked up a picture of Harris on Facebook and determined he was the same person who just robbed them.

In addition to the prison time, Harris was ordered to pay $12,428 in restitution.

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