SENTENCING HANDED DOWN IN OCEAN CITY HOME BANK ROBBERY

Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel
Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel

An Absecon man was sentenced to seven years in prison on Friday for bank robbery and burglary in connection with two 2010 crimes, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel announced.

In accordance with a plea agreement, Michael Piccardo, 51, must serve 85 percent, or five years and 11 months before becoming eligible for parole, according to Assistant Prosecutor Kelli Fallon, who represented the State.

During Piccardo’s June 14, 2011 plea hearing he admitted that he robbed the Ocean City Home Bank in Absecon on Oct. 10, 2010. The defendant entered the bank and gave the teller a threatening note demanding money. The employee complied and the defendant took the cash and fled.  Absecon police investigated the case and charged Piccardo with robbery. During the plea hearing the defendant also pled guilty to a burglary that occurred between Sept. 27 and Sept. 30, 2010, at a home in Northfield. For that crime, he was sentenced to three years in prison to run concurrently to the seven-year prison term, Assistant Prosecutor Fallon said.

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