Mount Oliver man sentenced to over 10 years in federal prison for 2 bank robberies

By Terri Hill | March 7, 2019

A Mount Oliver man was sentenced in federal court on Thursday to 10 years and seven months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release for robbing a branch of PNC Bank and a Citizen’s Bank in 2017.

Court documents allege that on May 27, 2017, David Payo, 52, robbed the PNC Bank in Homestead and made off with $3460 in cash. On June 8, 2017 he robbed a branch of the Citizen’s Bank in Monroeville and netted $1890.

During the PNC robbery, Payo approached the teller and said, “This is a robbery, give me 50s, 100s, 20s, and no dye packs.” He escaped with the money out of the front door of the bank.

While wearing an orange sweatshirt, black baseball cap and black sunglasses, Payo approached a teller at the Citizens Bank and told her, “This is a robbery.” He then repeated, “This is a robbery, give me your 100s, 50s, and 20s, no 10s, and no dye packs.” The teller complied and handed over $1890 in cash and one dye pack.

A search of Payo’s residence recovered dye stained clothes from the exploding dye pack given to him at the Citizens Bank.

Payo received his sentence from Chief United Stated District Judge Mark Hornak.

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