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Shayne Fleming-Pancione of Easthampton sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to robbing bank in Brattleboro, Vt. 

Shayne M. Fleming-Pancione, 36, of 120 Union St. Apt. 2 pleaded guilty to a count of grand larceny in connection with the Aug. 13 robbery of a TD Bank branch.

Fleming-Pancione was linked to the robbery while he was being investigated by Easthampton police, the FBI’s Gang Task Force, the Springfield office of the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Holyoke Police Narcotics Unit the Northwestern District Attorney’s office, and the U.S. Attorney’s office in Springfield.

While that investigation was ongoing, information about the Vermont robbery was received by Easthampton police who recognized Fleming-Pancione from surveillance video.

Fleming-Pancione had been arrested on drug and counterfeiting charges in Sept. 2011 in Easthampton and a sweatshirt matching the one seen in the surveillance video and his laptop computer, which included several news articles related to the robbery in the browser history were seized, according to the Brattleboro Reformer.

Easthampton Police Detective Robert Alberti alerted Brattleboro authorities that Fleming-Pancione may have been involved in the robbery and informed them of details about a counterfeiting case that was being built against him.

According to police, Fleming-Pancione had used about $200 of counterfeit money at fast-food restaurants and convenience stores in Easthampton and Southampton.

According to the Brattleboro Reformer, on Aug. 13, 2011 Fleming-Pancione entered the bank, demanded tellers give him money in $50 and $100 denominations, and said, “Do what I say, or I will shoot,” though no weapon was shown.

He left the bank with $3,050, according to the Reformer.

According to information previously published in the Gazette, Fleming-Pancione, who grew up in Granby, has been convicted on drug and robbery charges dating back to 1999 when he pleaded guilty to possession of a class B substance, cocaine, and driving with a suspended license.

In 2005 he was sentenced to serve 7 to 10 years in prison for possession of a class A substance, heroin, larceny over $250 and two charges of armed and masked robbery. He was out on parole until his September arrest.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@gazettenet.com

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