Bandit sentenced

     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.

    The AP reports that 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.

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