PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A 50-year-old Rhode Island man is facing time in prison after pleading guilty to robbing two banks.

U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha's office announced Thursday that Joseph Petrarca of Cumberland acknowledged robbing a Cumberland bank in December 2012 and a bank in Cranston the next month.

Authorities say Petrarca told tellers that he had a gun. He made off with more than $11,000 combined.

Investigators later tied the robberies to Petrarca and seized items of clothing from his home that matched those worn by the suspect. Authorities also say they found red stains on his car's floor consistent with bank dye packs.

Prosecutors have agreed as part of the plea agreement to recommend a prison sentence of up to 12 years. Petrarca will be sentenced in June.


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