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Man pleads guilty to robbing two banks inside Metro East Schnucks stores

 

A Missouri man has pleaded guilty to two bank robberies that occurred at U.S. Bank branches inside two Metro East Schnucks stores.

Donald S. Boyce, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, said Brendon M. Collier, 39, of St. Louis, pleaded guilty Thursday to an indictment charging him with two counts of bank robbery.

Collier faces a term of imprisonment of up to 20 years, a fine of up to $250,000, or both, and a term of supervised release of not more than five years on each count. The defendant’s sentencing has been scheduled for Feb. 24 in East St. Louis. Collier has been held without bond since his arraignment on July 16, 2015.

The offense charged in the first of two counts arose when, on Jan. 28, 2015, Collier and another man who has already pleaded guilty and been sentenced went to a U.S. Bank branch inside the Schnucks grocery store in Edwardsville. Collier approached the teller claiming that he needed to make a withdrawal but handed the teller a note that demanded loose bills that were $20s or over, and said “no alarm.”

On Feb. 10, 2015, Collier and his accomplice went to a second U.S. Bank branch inside the Schnucks store in Fairview Heights. During the second robbery, Collier again told a teller that he needed to make a withdrawal. Collier handed the teller a note demanding money quickly and said no one would get hurt.

Collier was apprehended after he and his accomplice robbed a third U.S. Bank branch inside a Schnucks grocery store in St. Peters, Mo. Collier confessed to the St. Peters robbery as well as the two bank robberies in Illinois, claiming that the robberies were motivated by his need to buy heroin and pay for hotel rooms and food.

The case was investigated by the Edwardsville Police Department, the Fairview Heights Police Department, the Illinois State Police Metro-East Forensic Laboratory, the St. Peters, Missouri, Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Scott.

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