Robber who held up Downtown Long Beach bank gets 7 years in prison

A man who held up a Downtown Long Beach bank last year was sentenced today to seven years in federal prison for a pair of bank robberies, authorities said.

Dino Tabar Trias, 45, admitted to robbing a Comerica bank branch at Long Beach and Ocean boulevards around 10 a.m. on Jan. 22.

“During that robbery, he displayed and brandished what appeared to be a handgun and demanded that the teller hand over the bank’s money,” prosecutors said in a statement. “The teller, fearing for her life, handed $1,156 in cash to Trias.”

This was Trias’ second bank robbery, according to authorities.

On Dec. 7, 2018, he’d robbed a Rabobank in Grover Beach in San Luis Obispo County, according to federal officials.

“During the robbery, he showed a teller what appeared to be a gun in his waistband while he demanded the teller give him all of her money,” prosecutors said. “The teller gave Trias $2,350 in cash.”

Trias pleaded guilty in September to one count of armed bank robbery. As part of his sentence, a federal judge also ordered him to pay back $4,001 to the banks he robbed.

Authorities said Trias is from Kern County but was transient and also had ties to Sacramento. He was arrested in February.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.