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Leader of bank robbery crew accused of Hollywood-style heists sentenced to 20 years

March 30, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Leader of bank robbery crew accused of Hollywood-style heists sentenced to 20 years

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The head of a bank robbery crew who robbed millions of dollars from California banks during a series of Hollywood-style heists has been sentenced to 20 years behind bars.

For ten years, Alceu Johnny Andreis and his gang – who communicated with walkie-talkies – baffled authorities as they climbed onto roofs, rappelled down walls and slid through hatches.

They sported matching outfits – Dickies jeans and long-sleeved shirts with DieHard boots – and used sonar devices to find vaults and cut holes in roofs to get to the money, the Daily Mail reported.

They were finally caught in April 2014 while trying to rob a Citibank branch in a suburb outside of Los Angeles.

The youngest member of the gang, Lucian Gabriel Isaia, had bought a speedboat (pictured) – named Early Retirement – from the proceeds of the heists

Investigators seized a 1939 Chevrolet, many Ducati motorcycles and a boat named Early Retirement.

Andreis was found guilty of two counts of bank robbery late last year.

On Wednesday, a federal judge required him to pay $12million in restitution and relinquish two Mercedes-Benz cars and four Ducati motorcycles purchased with stolen money.

He was the leader of a gang of burglars in a string of well-planned bank robberies across California in which gang members cased each building, cut holes in the roofs to gain access with ropes and performed numerous dry runs.

Among the gang’s assets which were seized by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was a 1939 Chevrolet (pictured)

They also disabled sophisticated security systems, hammered through concrete bank vaults and fled with the money and the contents of safe-deposit boxes.

Prosecutors said Andreis drug-tested his associated to make sure they were reliable, had them wear identical clothing and thoroughly wipe down their equipment to ensure they would leave behind no fingerprints.

Three other members of the gang have pleaded guilty.

Two of those defendants were sentenced to up to 10 years behind bars, while a third is awaiting sentencing.

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