Robber who hit same Ore. bank gets 4 years



EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A homeless man who robbed a Eugene, Ore., branch of U.S. National Bank for the second time had modest expectations, even more modest results and now — a four-year prison term.

Federal prosecutors say 38-year-old Thomas Joseph Burgoyne handed a teller a note that said, “This is a robbery, please put $1,000 in the bag.” He left the bank with $560 in cash.

FBI agents arrested him the next day at a nearby motel, where the cash was recovered. Court records show Burgoyne has a lengthy criminal history, including a previous federal bank robbery conviction. In fact, he had just finished serving a three-year sentence for a 2007 bank robbery when he committed the latest crime. Both times he robbed the same branch.

He pleaded guilty in August and was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan.