The suspected serial bank robber accused of robbing two Bel Air banks this summer along with eight more around the country, including two others in Maryland, turned himself in Thursday in St. Louis, Mo.
Andrew Maberry, 19, of O'Fallon, Ill., surrendered to the St. Louis FBI Field Office less than 24 hours after a publicity campaign was launched seeking the public's assistance in capturing the I-55 Bandit, according to a press release issued Thursday by the FBI.
"We want to thank the news media and digital billboard companies for providing coverage on the I-55 Bandit," FBI Special-Agent-in-Charge Dean Bryant said in the release. "We have no doubt Maberry's surrender was a direct result of the extensive media attention. We also appreciate the dozens of solid tips we were provided by the public. The FBI has long relied on the public to help identify and capture criminals."
Maberry was arrested and charged by federal complaint with one count of bank robbery in connection with a July 2 robbery at Commerce Bank in Arnold, Mo., and was arraigned Thursday afternoon at the federal courthouse in Missouri.
Dubbed the "I-55 Bandit" for his focus on the St. Louis area along Interstate 55, Maberry allegedly robbed 10 banks in five states – Illinois, Missouri, Maryland, West Virginia and Tennessee – and tried to rob two more, according to a press release issued Tuesday by the FBI.
In Bel Air, Maberry allegedly robbed Harford Bank on June 5 and Wells Fargo Bank on July 19, according to the release.
Four days after he is alleged to have robbed the Harford Bank, he is believed to have robbed the TD Bank in Essex. He also is believed to have robbed the Susquehanna Bank at 94th Street and Ocean Highway in Ocean City five days after police believe he robbed the Wells Fargo Bank in Bel Air.
No one has been hurt in any of the robberies. In all of them, Maberry used a demand note and implied he was armed. The amount of money taken was not disclosed.
In the June 5 Harford Bank robbery, the robber walked into the bank, in the 500 block of South Main Street near Bel Air United Methodist Church, at about 10:50 a.m. and produced a note demanding money and implying a weapon, the Bel Air Police Department said in a news release issued after the incident.
The teller complied and the robber fled with an undetermined amount of cash, police said.
Police said the robber was last seen heading to the rear of the bank. At the time of that robbery, he was wearing a red and black University of Maryland jacket with a Terrapin logo on the back, a black Fedora-style hat and sunglasses.
Bel Air Police did not provide any information about the July 19 Wells Fargo Bank robbery.
The FBI continues the investigation to determine if Mr. Maberry is linked to other bank robberies.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun