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Boston Man Sentenced for 2012 Burglary of South End ATM

Terry Leigh, 47, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and must pay $58,000 in restitution.

Credit: Patch file photo.
Credit: Patch file photo.

A Boston man was sentenced Friday in connection with an August 2012 robbery of an ATM in Boston's South End.

U.S. District Court Judge Dennis F. Saylor on Friday sentenced Terry Leigh, 47, of Boston to 30 months in prison, three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $58,000 in restitution to the Bank of America, according to an announcement by U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz.

Authorities arrested Leigh in August 2012 after conducting surveillance on a Bank of America ATM on Columbus Avenue in Boston as part of an ongoing investigation into ATM burglaries.

At about 9:45 p.m. on Aug. 11, 2012, agents watched two people enter the lobby of an apartment building next to the ATM. One of the two suspects, later identified as Leigh, was seen carrying a green duffle bag and wearing a blue hat, gray shirt, dark sweatpants and what appeared to be a fake black beard.

The two then left the building, after which Leigh reentered. The agents watching the scene believed the ATM was about to be robbed, and gained access to the building's lobby, where they saw Leigh exiting the ATM's money room, which is gained through a locked security door within the apartment building's lobby, according to the announcement.

Leight then fled up a staircase and was captured shortly thereafter on the building's roof. The arresting agents located the green bag, which contained various cutting tools, the blue hat and fake beard, according to the announcement.

The ATM, which contained more than $240,000, had sustained significant damage. Leigh pleaded guilty to bank burglary in January of this year.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Vincent B. Lisi, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, made the announcement Friday. The case is being prosecuted by Kenneth G. Shine of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.

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