'I-55 Bandit' pleads guilty

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The teenage serial bank robber dubbed by the FBI as the "I-55 Bandit" has pleaded guilty to federal charges.

Nineteen-year-old Andrew Maberry of O'Fallon, Ill., entered the guilty plea to a bank robbery charge in U.S. District Court in St. Louis on Friday. 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.

Original Story:

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A 19-year-old southern Illinois man suspected of being the "I-55 Bandit" has been indicted on a felony count of bank robbery.
   
The U.S. Attorney's office in St. Louis says the investigation of Andrew Maberry of O'Fallon, Ill., continues. The indictment was announced Thursday.
   
Maberry is accused of robbing a Commerce Bank branch in Jefferson County, Mo., on July 2. But he could face additional charges.
   
Maberry turned himself in last week after the FBI released surveillance photos from several bank robberies. The FBI dubbed the robber the "I-55 Bandit" because some of the crimes occurred near Interstate 55.
   
Maberry is under investigation in 10 robberies and two robbery attempts since May at banks in Illinois, Missouri, Maryland, West Virginia and Tennessee.

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