Crime

St. Louis man admits he helped rob metro-east banks

The man in his guilty plea said he let his co-defendant drive his car to the banks to commit the robberies.
The man in his guilty plea said he let his co-defendant drive his car to the banks to commit the robberies. AP / Illustration

One of the men charged in a trio of bank robberies in the metro-east and Missouri admitted in federal court Friday to his role in the spree.

Marc G. Miller admitted in his guilty plea that he let co-defendant Brendon M. Collier, 38, of St. Louis drive his car to U.S. Bank branches inside Schnucks grocery stores in Edwardsville at 2222 Troy Road and in Fairview Heights at 625 Lincoln Highway. Collier allegedly robbed the banks of cash on Jan. 28 and Feb. 10, respectively. Miller, 53, also of St. Louis, said he accompanied Collier as a passenger during the robberies.

Miller was charged on two counts of bank robbery and faces up to 20 years in prison for each count, up to five years probation for each count. He will be ordered to pay restitution and also may be ordered to pay a fine of up to $250,000.

Miller and Collier face identical robbery charges in connection with the Feb. 18 robbery of a U.S. Bank branch inside a Schnucks store in St. Peters, Mo.

An anonymous tip led police to Collier in a motel in north St. Louis County, where officers also found cash connected to the robberies. Collier in an interview named Miller as an accomplice.

Sentencing for Miller is set for Feb. 22, 2016.

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