$30K in debt, man threatened by pro gambler arrested for bank robberies

Nick Cinqueranelli has a good job, lots of friends and a beautiful family but he's behind bars accused of robbing several local banks.

"He unfortunatley is addicted to something in this case is worse than drugs," said David Griem. "And that's gambling."

Griem never thought this Cinqueranelli would be his client, he's known him since he was a kid - and the 27-year-old had never been in trouble with the law - until last week when the Grosse Pointe native allegedly robbed the Chase Bank near his family's home Wednesday evening.

"He handed the teller a note stating he had a gun and to put 100s and 50s into an envelope which the teller did," said Chief Stephen Poloni, Grosse Pointe Department of Public Safety. "The teller noticed he had been in the bank twice earlier that day without making any transactions also. So he was recognized but he escaped at that point."

Police say he only got away with about $2,000 and it wasn't nearly enough- so he was back at it the next day.

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