OAKLAND -- An Arizona man was sentenced to 51 months in prison Wednesday for a string of bank robberies he committed -- including some in the East Bay -- in May and June of last year.

Raymond David Lopez, 30, pleaded guilty on April 3 to six counts of bank robbery, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said in a news release.

According to the plea agreement, Lopez admitted to taking a total of $13,281 from banks in Pleasant Hill, Lafayette, Pleasanton, Dublin and Alameda, using verbal demands, a demand note and intimidation.

In court documents, Lopez also admitted to robbing banks in River City, the Sacramento area, and Amarillo, Texas, taking another $14,756.

Lopez was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 30, 2012. In addition to his time in prison, a federal judge ordered that Lopez have a 3-year period of supervised release and that he pay a total of $28,037 to the victim banks -- the total amount he stole.

Haag said Lopez will begin serving his sentence immediately.

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