NEW BRUNSWICK — A New Brunswick man has been sentenced to serve an additional 29 years in a New Jersey state prison for robbing three banks in Middlesex County in 2009, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced today.
Dean A. Vourderis, 52, was sentenced on Monday during a hearing in New Brunswick before Superior Court Judge Bradley Ferencz, who added the prison term to 10 years the defendant already is serving for bank robberies in Cranbury and Franklin Township.
The judge reduced the term by 866 days the defendant served in custody since his arrest.
Vourderis was sentenced after he pleaded guilty on March 1, to committing three bank robberies, in which he and a co-defendant, David J. Stankovitz, 41, of Milltown, stole more than $16,000.
Vourderis was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to three counts each of robbery, theft and conspiracy.
Vourderis and Stankovitz were arrested and charged on July 14, 2009, after a police investigation linked them to a white Ford pickup truck that was seen fleeing from one of the robberies.
Stankovitz previously pleaded guilty on June 29, 2010, and was sentenced to serve a 12-year prison term.
The police investigation determined that Vourderis and Stankovitz robbed $6,887 from a PNC Bank in North Brunswick on Jan. 26, 2009; robbed $2,953 from a Provident Bank in North Brunswick on Feb. 10, 2009, and robbed $6,300 from a T.D. Bank in East Brunswick on March 23, 2009.
In each robbery, Vourderis wrote a note demanding cash and waited in the white pickup truck while Stankovitz entered each bank, delivered the note and fled with cash.
At the request of Middlesex County Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Christopher, L.C. Kuberiet, Judge Ferencz sentenced Vourderis as a repeat offender. The measure increased the defendant’s penalty from approximately 15 years in prison to 29 years in prison.
During the sentencing hearing, Kuberiet noted that Vourderis previously served more than seven years in a New York state prison for bank robbery.
Vourderis also was convicted in Middlesex County on Sept. 20, 2011, for robbing a PNC Bank in Cranbury, and was sentenced to serve eight years.
He subsequently pleaded guilty during a hearing at the Somerset County Courthouse in Somerville on Sept. 26, 2011, to robbing Investors Savings in Franklin Township on Feb. 20, 2009.
He was sentenced in Somerville to serve a 10-year prison term, which will run concurrently to the eight-year term for the PNC Bank robbery in Cranbury.
Ferencz ruled that the 29-year term for the two bank robberies in North Brunswick and the bank robbery in East Brunswick will run consecutively to the robberies in Cranbury and Franklin. The ruling brings the defendant’s total prison term to 39 years, minus the two years and three months he has been in custody since his arrest.
Kaplan said extensive cooperation between the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and the FBI led to the successful conclusion of the case.
Kaplan also thanked Detective Steven Dunkel of the North Brunswick Police Department, Detective Robert Giaccone of the Cranbury Police Department, Investigator Justin Berger of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, and Detective Brian Stilwell of the Franklin Township Police Department for their work on the case.