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Bank Robber who Made Getaway by Bus Sentenced to 7 Years

After robbing a Laguna Beach bank, Kyle Alan Veach walked to a bus stop to await for his getaway ride, but police caught up to him first.

Kyle Alan Veach. Photo courtesy of the Laguna Beach Police Department.
Kyle Alan Veach. Photo courtesy of the Laguna Beach Police Department.

A 25-year-old bank robber who tried to make his getaway on a public bus in Laguna Beach was sentenced today to seven years in prison.

Kyle Alan Veach, who robbed the bank only a few days after finishing a two-year sentence for committing another felony, pleaded guilty March 19 to second-degree robbery.

Just before noon last July 17, Veach handed a note announcing the robbery to a teller at a U.S. Bank branch at 310 Glenneyre St., according to Deputy District Attorney Craig Cazares. The note claimed he had a gun, but no weapon was found on Veach when he was arrested, Cazares said.

After Veach pocketed about $3,000, he walked to a nearby liquor store, where he bought a T-shirt and baseball hat "to change his appearance," Cazares said.

Veach then walked to a bus stop to await for his getaway ride, but police caught up to him first, Cazares said.

"He had the cash on him and he basically confessed," Cazares said. "It appears to not be a very well-planned bank robbery."

Veach must do 85 percent of the sentence, Cazares said.

If Veach gets another felony conviction, it will make him a third- striker, making him eligible for a sentence of 25 years to life, Cazares said.

--City News Service


Brainwashed_In_Church May 01, 2014 at 09:36 AM
At least he was environmentally friendly and green taking a bus instead of a high polluting SUV or something.
Stan Jacobs May 01, 2014 at 09:54 AM
Obviously he needs professional help, not prison.
Brainwashed_In_Church May 01, 2014 at 02:29 PM
I'm not disagreeing (or agreeing) but where do you draw the line Stan? Could it be argued that all criminals need professional help and not prison?

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