Convicted Scottsdale Bank Robber Possibly Lookin' at 80 Years in Clink

It seems nearly every other day we get a press release from a Valley law enforcement agency asking for the public's help in tracking down someone who robbed a bank. It's rare that we hear any news of one of those robbers being caught or convicted.

Today is one of the rare days.

Michael Yanni, 26, formerly of Scottsdale, pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to robbing banks in Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Carefree in 2006 and 2007, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced this morning.

In total, Yanni copped to four robberies.

Yanni's routine for robbing banks was a bit more elaborate than most bank robberies we see in the Valley, in that, he did more than just hand a bank teller a demand note and wait for the cash. Yanni's technique was no Italian Job, either.

Yanni would walk into a bank -- typically wearing mirrored aviator sunglasses and a bandanna -- wait in line, and ask a teller to break a large bill as a ploy to get them to open the register. When the register was open, Yanni would either reach over the counter, or jump on it, and grab the cash from the register.

He was busted after an anonymous tipster called the Scottsdale Police Department saying Yanni was the bank robber.

Yanni faces 80 years in prison and a possible $1 million fine. His sentencing is scheduled for October 18.

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James King
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