Easy to get into crime, hard to get out

September 12, 2013 

As "Breaking Bad" fans know, the TV drama is down to its final three episodes. We aren't giving away anything by saying that the net is closing around Walter White, the mild-mannered chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin.

White wants people to forget he was ever in the meth-cooking business. Not happening. As one reviewer put it, once you break bad, it's hard to walk it back.

Andrew Maberry is finding that out. The 19-year-old O'Fallon resident was charged with bank robbery this week after he turned himself in to the FBI. He is believed to be the "I-55 Bandit," suspected of robbing 10 banks in five states.

If that's true, how does a 19-year-old become a serial bank robber? Most young adults his age are focused on college essays and social events. Did he need the money? Did he want the thrill?

Whatever his motivation at the beginning, he had to know that the story would end badly -- that the hats and sunglasses seen in the bank security tape pictures weren't much of a disguise. Indeed, the FBI said that when they asked the public to identify the suspect in those photographs, his former classmates and coworkers were on the phone in no time.

Walter White broke bad after he found out he was dying of cancer. Wonder what Andrew Maberry's explanation will be?

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