Eric Dion Warren, 50, of Lubbock, Texas.
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  • Eric Dion Warren, 50, tried to use $3,000 of the stolen cash for the BMW's down payment.
  • A dealership employee received a call about the bank robbery that matched the getaway vehicle to the car.
  • Warren pled guilty to bank robbery and was sentenced to 20 years in a US federal prison this week.
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A Texas man who used a BMW loaned to him by a dealership to rob a bank so he could pay for it has been sentenced to 20 years in an American federal jail.

Eric Dion Warren, 50, drove away while the purchase of the black car was still being finalised on 7 June 2019.

He then entered AIM Bank in Wolfforth, Texas, approached a teller, and put a fast-food paper bag over his head to disguise himself.

Warren placed a demand note on the bank teller's counter which read: "This is a f------- robbery. Play with me and die. I want $10,000 in 50 and 100 dollar bills now you got 1 minute or I will kill you."

Bringing out what was believed to have been a handgun, the bank robber said: "I ain't playing around, I only want 100s and 50s."

Warren added: "Don't push any buttons" before fleeing the scene armed with several thousand dollars with recorded serial numbers.

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Returning to the dealership within 15 minutes, he waved around the stolen cash and using $3,000 of it as a down payment for the BMW.

While the purchase was being finalised, an employee received a call about the nearby bank robbery and realised that the description of the getaway vehicle matched the car that Warren was about to buy.

Warren was arrested with $5,086 in cash and authorities recovered a pellet gun that resembled a handgun. His fingerprints and DNA were found on the demand note given to the bank teller.

He plead guilty to bank robbery in August 2020 and was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison, the statutory maximum, this week.

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