PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Two men have pleaded guilty to robbing a Cranston bank last summer, including one defendant who was released from prison six weeks before the heist.

Christopher Thibodeau and Dennis Evans both pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy and armed bank robbery. They will be sentenced in June and face up to 30 years in prison.

Prosecutors say the men robbed a Bank Rhode Island branch on June 29 stealing about $37,500.

. Thibodeau jammed the bank doors shut, while Evans was carrying what appeared to be a gun. Police never recovered any firearms.

A Cranston police officer responding to the robbery saw two masked men cross an interstate on foot. The men were arrested a short time later.

Thibodeau was convicted of a 1994 bank robbery. He was shot by police while trying to escape arrest in that case.


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