- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 14, 2017

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An Omaha man who robbed a Dunkin’ Donuts store has been sentenced to prison by federal authorities who are helping local police deal with a jump in commercial robberies.

Robert Brannon, 27, was sentenced Monday to six years in federal prison for interference with commerce by means of robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Brannon must also serve three years of supervised release and pay more than $3,100 in restitution, the Omaha World-Herald (https://bit.ly/2mFvGLS ) reported.

The chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office general crimes unit, Jan Sharp, said the robbery could be federally prosecuted because the chain business operates in more than one state. Sharp said federal officials were helping local authorities in handling a spike in such robberies.

“We’ve been trying to help out with state authorities who are also prosecuting some of these cases,” he said.

Prosecutors allege that Brannon was armed when he entered a Dunkin’ Donuts in January 2016 and demanded the two employees open the safe. When they were unable to open the safe, Brannon stole about $150 from the cash registers and locked the employees in the freezer, according to investigators.



Neither employee was harmed. Brannon was arrested two days later.

Police allege Brannon was involved in two other robberies at Dunkin’ Donuts, where he previously worked. Federal authorities said there was not enough evidence to charge Brannon in those robberies, but as part of his guilty plea he agreed to pay restitution for all three.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com

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