A Norwood man known as the U-30 bandit was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison today for robbing a string of banks in Wellesley, Newton, Needham and Dedham in 2009, according to US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz.
Dimitri Long, 35, had pleaded guilty to eight bank robberies in five months, demanding money when he entered the banks, brandishing what appeared to be a black, semi-automatic handgun and sometimes placing a box that looked like a bomb on the counter. The device turned out to be a hoax, and when he was arrested he was carrying a BB gun.
Police gave him the nickname U-30 because he robbed the banks in under 30 seconds.
Today, US District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock also ordered Long to pay restitution of $49,460 for the robberies, including a Bank of America in Wellesley, a TD Bank in Needham, Village Bank in Newton and Ukranian Credit Union in Dedham. Long was captured July 1, 2009 after he robbed the Sovereign Bank in Needham.
Long's half-brother, Michael Coty was sentenced to five years in prison in October. Coty admitted that he was the getaway driver in three of the robberies.