ST. LOUIS (AP) – The teenager charged with robbing a Putnam County, W.Va. bank, along with banks in four other states has pleaded guilty to a federal bank robbery charge.
19-year-old Andrew Maberry of O'Fallon, Illinois was dubbed the “I-55 Bandit” by the FBI.
Friday, Maberry pleaded guilty to the bank robbery charge in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. A sentencing date has not been set.
Federal prosecutors say Maberry robbed 10 banks in five states during a spree that began in May and ended in August. Some of the early robberies were near Interstate 55, prompting the nickname.
Maberry robbed banks in three Missouri towns, Arnold, Crystal City and Cape Girardeau. Four of the crimes occurred in Maryland, two in Bel Air and one each in Essex and Ocean City. He also robbed banks in Edwardsville, Ill., Hurricane, W.Va., and Jackson, Tenn.
The Putnam County robbery happened at the Huntington National Bank branch at the intersection of Route 34 and Great Teays Boulevard on July 30.