Harlingen bank robber sentenced to 42 months in federal prison

A federal judge sentenced Adrian Paul Ross, 34, to 42 months in prison on Wednesday. (Photo: Harlingen Police Department)

A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a 34-year-old Harlingen man to 42 months in prison, according to a news release from the United States Attorney’s Office Southern District of Texas.

Adrian Paul Ross, 34, pleaded guilty to robbing the Bank of America in Harlingen on Nov. 29, 2017.

Prosecutors say Ross entered the Harlingen bank on May 26, 2017 wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses. After waiting in line, Ross approached a bank teller and displayed a smart phone screen which read in all caps, “EMPTY OUT YOUR DRAWER,” according to the news release.

The bank teller gave Ross all of the money in her possession and triggered a silent alarm. Ross was located hours later in Three Rivers, a city approximately 200 miles north of Harlingen, as CBS 4 News previously reported.

Ross will remain in custody pending a transfer to a federal prison.

The FBI and Harlingen Police Department conducted the investigation, according to the news release.

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