YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A man accused and previously convicted in a series of bank robberies will remain in jail until at least next week.
James Verdream’s criminal record dates back more than a quarter-century just in Mahoning County, where he spent time behind bars on charges of theft and passing bad checks.
In 2014, he was arrested and ultimately convicted of robbing a federal credit union in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was caught on surveillance camera at the time. FBI agents say he used a taxi cab as his getaway car.
Months after getting out of prison on the New Mexico case, authorities say he robbed a pair of credit union branches in March 2018. Although he was given a 10-year sentence, he was released earlier this year and placed on probation but hadn’t reported since mid-April.
Similar to his crimes in New Mexico, authorities claim Verdream was only out of prison a very short time before he started hitting banks in this area.
He is suspected of robbing the PNC bank on Mahoning Avenue in Austintown on May 2 and later that same day a bank Gibsonia. He is also accused of robbing the Chase bank in Girard on Monday, May 9.
Verdream was caught Tuesday afternoon after leading police, FBI agents and U.S. Marshals on a chase up Route 11 in Austintown.
Prosecutors say Verdream is accused of violating his supervised release by failing to meet with his probation officer last month and for local robberies.
Verdream will remain in jail until a May 20 detention hearing.