34-year-old Massachusetts man dubbed 'spelling bee bandit' pleads guilty to robbing banks

A Massachusetts man authorities dubbed the 'spelling bee bandit' because the notes he passed to tellers during multiple bank robberies in the Boston area contained the same spelling error has pleaded guilty.

AP November 16, 2017 19:57:43 IST
34-year-old Massachusetts man dubbed 'spelling bee bandit' pleads guilty to robbing banks

Boston: A Massachusetts man authorities dubbed the "spelling bee bandit" because the notes he passed to tellers during multiple bank robberies in the Boston area contained the same spelling error has pleaded guilty.

Federal prosecutors say 34-year-old Jason Englen pleaded guilty yesterday to four counts of bank robbery.

Authorities say the Chelsea man entered an Arlington bank  on 31 October 2016, approached a teller and handed over a note written on a deposit slip indicating a robbery was in
progress, except robbery was spelled with just one "B."

Over the next few weeks, he robbed banks in Reading, Burlington and Peabody using notes with the same misspelling.

He was arrested last December. He faces up to 20 years in prison at sentencing scheduled for 28 February.

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