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'Mountain Dew' thief gets 10 years in prison

Madasyn Czebiniak
| Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 1:57 p.m.

A former New Castle, Lawrence County, man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on robbery convictions.

U.S. Attorney Scott Brady said Tuesday that Eric Barbati, 33, robbed three New Castle convenience stores and two banks between August 2017 and September 2017.

According to prosecutors, Barbati robbed the BFS Foods Convenience Store at 1509 Wilmington Road; the Red Apple Convenience Store at 1010 Wilmington Ave.; and the Market 24 Convenience Store at 719 West Washington St. Prosecutors said Barbati robbed the Market 24 twice.

He also robbed the PNC Bank at 2470 E. State St. in Hermitage and the Huntington Bank at 108 S. Market St. in New Castle.

In the convenience store robberies, Barbati would approach the store clerk and attempt to pay for a bottle of Mountain Dew before using a knife or forcibly taking money from the drawer to commit the robbery, prosecutors said.

In all, he made off with a little more than $5,100.

In addition to his prison term, Barbati was ordered to pay restitution to all of the businesses and sentenced to three years of probation.

Madasyn Czebiniak is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Madasyn at 724-226-4702, mczebiniak@tribweb.com, or via Twitter @maddyczebstrib.

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