A man and a woman arrested in a string of robberies in multiple counties have been indicted on federal charges.
A 15-count indictment was filed Wednesday charging Daniel Begin, 32, of Columbia Station, and Casey Liberty, 30, of Amherst, for four armed bank robberies and armed robberies of several stores this fall, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of Ohio.
“The pair went on a monthlong crime spree in which they robbed banks and stores to feed their drug habit,” said U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman. “It’s a miracle no one was killed, and we’re gratified this duo will likely be off the street for years to come.”
Begin and Liberty are charged with bank robberies at Andover Bank in Conneaut, Chase Bank in Medina, First National Bank in Beachwood and Chase Bank in Fairlawn. They also are charged with robbing a Subway in Findlay, A 7-Eleven in Brunswick, a GameStop in Elyria, a Domino’s Pizza in Madison, a Mr. Hero’s in Canton, a Subway in Avon, a Subway in Elyria, a Mr. Hero in Perkins Township, a Domino’s Pizza in North Olmsted and a Mr. Hero in Berea.
Begin previously had told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he and Liberty are both addicted to heroin, and it’s the driving force behind the robberies.
Begin said their first bank robbery was in Conneaut because it was far from where anyone recognized them, according to authorities, “however, as he and Liberty continued to support their heroin addiction, this became less of a concern, and they started committing robberies closer to home.”
Begin and Liberty each were indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit bank robbery, four counts of bank robbery, conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery and nine counts related to Hobbs Act robbery. The Hobbs Act prohibits actual or attempted robbery or extortion affecting interstate or foreign commerce “in any way or degree,” as stated on the U.S. Department of Justice website.