An Auburn man was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison Thursday for bank robberies he committed in Davis and Roseville, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento.
Paul Michael Schmeer, 30, pleaded guilty in March to serial bank robbery charges. He faces three years of supervised release following his prison term and must pay full restitution for both heists, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said in a news release.
Authorities said Schmeer targeted Chase banks in both his robberies — one in Roseville on Dec. 5, 2011, and the branch on E Street in downtown Davis on Jan. 5. In both incidents, he handed the tellers notes demanding money and claimed to have a gun, Wagner said. Both incidents netted about $9,000 in cash.
Schmeer was arrested after an employee of the Davis bank followed Schmeer to his vehicle and reported its description to Davis police. An officer saw the vehicle as it left town on Interstate 80 and tracked it to West Sacramento, where police stopped Schmeer and took him into custody.