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Prison term for four bank robberies in two months

James Bloom, 32, of Rochester, was ordered by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to serve a Federal prison term of 63 months on his April 20 bank robberies pleas linked to the four Erie County bank branches he robbed in January and February 2014.

During each of the robberies Bloom handed a teller a note saying “I’m wired and ready to blow,” indicating he had explosives strapped to him, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward H. White.

Bloom pleaded guilty to the Jan. 6, 2014 robbery of the Key Bank at 2929 Union Road, Cheektowaga; the Jan. 30, 2014 robbery of the Key Bank at 4248 Delaware Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda; the Feb. 10, 2014 robbery of the Citizens Bank at 2040 George Urban Boulevard, Depew and the Feb. 14, 2014 robbery of the First Niagara Bank at 3488 Amelia Drive, Orchard Park. U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. said Bloom was captured after an investigation by the FBI, and Cheektowaga,Tonawanda and Orchard Park police.