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Man sentenced to 10 years for Eugene bank robbery once called 911 during a break-in

Timothy James Chapek, 31, was sentenced to 10 years prison for the May 11, 2017, robbery of the US Bank inside the Albertson's on 18th Avenue in Eugene. (Surveillance photo; Multnomah County mugshot)

PORTLAND, Ore. - A man who made national headlines in 2011 after breaking into a house to take a shower - only to lock himself in a bathroom and call 911 out of concern that the homeowner had a gun - will serve 10 years in prison for robbing a bank in Eugene last year.

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Timothy James Chapek, 31, pleaded guilty Thursday and was sentenced for the May 2017 robbery of the US Bank inside the Albertson's on 18th Avenue in Eugene.

Police in Eugene arrested Chapek in June 2017 at the Multnomah County Jail, where he was being held after police there say he robbed a US Bank in downtown Portland.

Chapek was on federal probation for bank robbery at the time of the robberies.

Seven years ago, Chapek made national headlines after breaking into a house in Portland - and then calling 911.

He told dispatchers he had broken into a home just as the owner arrived home - and was worried the owner might have a gun.

The homeowner also called 911 after finding the intruder.

The Portland Police Bureau report summed the incident up in a sentence as "Homeowner finds transient in her shower upon returning home."

The 911 tapes told a more detailed tale.

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