O'Fallon resident known as 'I-55 Bandit' pleads guilty

News-DemocratDecember 20, 2013 

An O'Fallon teen dubbed the "I-55 Bandit" pleaded guilty Friday to robbing 10 banks in five states.

Andrew Maberry, 19, was charged in September after robbing the banks scattered across Illinois, Missouri, Maryland, West Virginia and Tennessee, according to federal court records.

He was known as the "I-55 Bandit" because several of his crimes took place along the interstate's corridor in Southern Illinois, Southeastern Missouri and Western Tennessee. He also is believed to have robbed banks in Maryland and West Virginia while traveling to visit his mother, who lives in Baltimore.

Sentencing is set for April 4. Maberry could face up to 20 years in federal prison.

Maberry entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Catherine D. Perry in St. Louis.

Maberry admitted to robbing the Scott Credit Union in Edwardsville on May 6 and the Commerce Bank in Jefferson County, Mo., on July 2, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

On Sept. 10, authorities issued a news release that included bank security camera photographs of the robber who had been dubbed the "I-55 Bandit." The FBI received numerous phone calls from individuals identifying Maberry. On the same date, the FBI in St. Louis was contacted and told that the I-55 Bandit wanted to turn himself in, and on Sept. 11, Maberry surrendered to the FBI in St. Louis.

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