LOWELL — A Lowell man who stole approximately $15,000 during an armed robbery of a bank in Bristol County last year was sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison on Wednesday, authorities say.
Jason M. Nobles, 37, was masked when he entered a Santander Bank in the town of Swansea on Feb. 26, 2018, and pointed what appeared to be a black semi-automatic handgun at bank tellers, according to a Department of Justice press release.
Nobles brandished the weapon while ordering the tellers "to hurry up and threatening to shoot them," the release states.
Bank employees handed over the cash from their drawers, and Nobles fled the scene. The tellers witnessed the man run to a neighboring parking lot and get into a gray Toyota SUV, the release states. The Toyota had been reported stolen from Rhode Island earlier in the day.
The bank employees provided law enforcement with a vehicle description and the physical description of the robber, according to the release.
"A high-speed chase ensued and local law enforcement officers, across multiple towns, worked together to locate the Toyota SUV, stop it, and detain the driver — Nobles — who matched the description of the robber given by the bank's employees," the release states.
During a search of the SUV, police discovered a large sum of cash and a black SIG Sauer semi-automatic pellet gun.
The roughly $15,000 stolen from the bank was determined by an audit carried out after the robbery.
Nobles pleaded guilty to one count of armed bank robbery in January. U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel Groton sentenced the 37-year-old to 188 months in prison and five years of supervised release during his appearance in federal court on Wednesday.
Nobles is currently in federal custody.