NJ's 'Bicycle Bandit' sentenced for 8 bank jobs

January 6, 2011 6:29:19 PM PST
A man police dubbed the "Bicycle Bandit" has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for committing eight bank robberies in southern New Jersey and Delaware.

Forty-nine-year-old Brian Layton also was ordered Thursday to serve three years of supervised release after he's freed from prison and pay $43,724 in restitution to the banks. He had pleaded guilty last February.

The East Greenwich Township man was arrested in September 2009 while trying to flee from a New Jersey state trooper on the Garden State Parkway.

Prosecutors say the arrest ended a yearlong spree in which he robbed banks in Blackwood, Glendora, Hi-Nella, Franklin, Carneys Point (twice), Ocean City and Wilmington, Del.

Each time, he rode away on a bicycle.