3 sentenced to prison in ‘violent takeover’ robberies at bank, loan store

Lenard Gibbs was sentenced to 59 years and seven months after a jury convicted him in a "takeover style" robbery.
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Lenard Gibbs was sentenced to 59 years and seven months after a jury convicted him in a "takeover style" robbery.

Credit: Lilburn Police Department

Credit: Lilburn Police Department

Three people will serve time in federal prison after robbing a metro Atlanta bank and a loan business, authorities said.

Lenard Gibbs, 36, will serve nearly 60 years in prison in connection with the “violent takeover” robberies, U.S. Attorney Byung J. Pak said in a statement Tuesday. Kyre Campbell and his girlfriend Benita Alveranga were also sentenced to prison time, Pak said.

Prosecutors said Gibbs and Campbell robbed a Loan Max store on the morning of Nov. 3, 2016. Gibbs pointed a gun at two employees, demanded they give him all of the money in a safe and then ran away with the cash, Pak said.

Later that same day, Gibbs, Campbell and Alveranga robbed a PNC Bank in Lilburn, Pak said.

Just before 4 p.m., the trio walked into the bank on Indian Trail-Lilburn Road, pointed a pistol at a teller and demanded money, AJC.com previously reported. They then left in a car.

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Lilburn police chased the car to an apartment complex in Norcross. Alveranga and Campbell were arrested, but Gibbs escaped, authorities said. He was later arrested after a multi-jurisdictional investigation, Pak said.

Gibbs was convicted June 13 on two counts of brandishing a firearm, two counts of bank robbery and one count of Hobbs Act robbery in connection with the Nov. 3 incidents, one count of bank robbery and brandishing a firearm related to a Nov. 28 robbery of a People's Bank in Conyers, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon upon his arrest, according to court documents. He was sentenced to 59 years and seven months in prison plus five years of supervised release.

Campbell, 24, pleaded guilty to brandishing a firearm and was sentenced to seven years in prison plus five years of supervised release. Alveranga, 25, was sentenced to one year in prison and one year of supervised release after pleading guilty to misprision of a felony.

All three were ordered to pay $3,089 each in restitution.

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