The three thugs that robbed the Sovereign bank at 195 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights last Thursday should be shaking in their shoes about now. Another loser who struck the same branch in 2011 was sentenced to 26 years in prison Tuesday—for having the audacity to actually hit the same Sovereign twice. Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes delivered the verdict against Edward Pride, 49, according to multiple news reports. At his sentencing, Pride received 13 years for two counts of Robbery in the First Degree.
On February 11, 2011, Pride walked into the Sovereign Bank on Montague, and handed a bank teller a note: “No dye packs, no one has to get hurt.” He made a gesture as if he had a gun in his coat, and got away with $2,500. On Feb. 24, he returned to the branch, approached the same teller and netted $3,500. But the third time was hardly a charm for the galoot: On March 3, he walked into a Sovereign on Atlantic Avenue, a teller notified security, and he was busted. So much for foolish Pride. More like… just foolish.