ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – A 19-year-old man from O’Fallon, Ill. has surrendered and admitted to robbing at least one bank out of ten thought to have been held up by the same suspect.
Andrew Maberry was arrested and charged Wednesday with one count of bank robbery in connection with a July 2, 2013 robbery at Commerce Bank in Arnold, Mo., according to the FBI.
Maberry’s surrender came less than 24 hours after a publicity campaign was launched seeking the public’s help in capturing the “I-55 Bandit.”
“We want to thank the news media and digital billboard companies for providing coverage on the I-55 Bandit,” said SAC Bryant. “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.”
Since May 6, 2013, the “I-55 Bandit” is believed to have robbed ten banks and attempted to rob two others in five states: Illinois, Missouri, Maryland, West Virginia, and Tennessee. The “I-55 Bandit” moniker comes from the fact that all four banks robbed in the St. Louis region were along Interstate 55.
The FBI continues the investigation to determine if Mr. Maberry is linked to other bank robberies.