Bank robber who used sex toy as fake bomb is sent to prison

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Posted: May 31, 2016 3:10 PM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh man who robbed a bank with a fake bomb made out of phone wires, duct tape and a sex toy has been sentenced to 1 1/2 to 3 years in prison.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/1P1wUYo ) reports an Allegheny County judge sentenced 36-year-old Aaron Stein on Tuesday after rejecting requests for leniency, including house arrest.

The judge says he couldn't tell the community Stein's case warranted only house arrest. He says, "It can't be that simple."

Stein pleaded guilty in March. He says he robbed the PNC Bank in Crafton last June because he was desperate after losing $9,000 he'd invested to cover his approaching honeymoon.

His attorney says desperation drove him to don an Iron Man mask and used the fake bomb to threaten tellers.