A Buena man who admitted robbing two Atlantic County banks within hours last year — and stealing a car in between — was sentenced to more than 12½ years in federal prison Wednesday.

Larry Patrick Kearns, 46, threatened a teller at the Wells Fargo in Atlantic City and fled with cash about 9:30 a.m. Jan. 12, 2012. He then stole a delivery vehicle from Dino’s Sub & Pizza Shop on South Granville Avenue in Margate.

Ventnor Officer Joseph Fussner saw that car heading east on Ventnor Avenue just after Kearns robbed the Sun National Bank in Ventnor about 1:50 p.m.

When Fussner tried to stop the car on Ventnor Avenue at Buffalo Avenue, Kearns crashed into a tree and tried to run, police said at the time. He was then arrested.

U.S. District Court Judge Jerome Simandle sentenced Kearns to 151 months in prison Wednesday, and three years of supervision upon his release. He also must repay $9,458.

Kearns previously served federal prison time after a 2001 armed robbery of the Sun National Bank in Margate, records show. In that case, a man entered the bank March 6, 2001, handed the teller a note demanding money, then brandished a small chrome handgun. As he was about to leave the bank with an undisclosed amount of money, he returned to get the note, according to a report in The Press of Atlantic City at the time.

The Bureau of Prisons lists Kearns’ “actual or projected” release date in that crime as June 6, 2010. The public site does not indicate term length or even charges.

Kearns also served five months in state prison on several shoplifting charges before being released in February 2009, the state Department of Corrections website shows.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman on Wednesday credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of acting Special Agent in Charge David Velazquez in Newark, as well as the Atlantic City, Ventnor and Margate police departments and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office with the successful investigation.

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