Columbia Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Robberies, Flees on Bicycle

Sep 1, 2015

Becker pleaded guilty to multiple robberies between Nov. 20 and Jan. 3. He faces up to 20 years in prison.
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  A 43-year-old Columbia man has pleaded guilty in federal court to robbing six banks.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Shaun C. Becker pleaded guilty Monday. According to a news release from U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson, Becker carried out the robberies between Nov. 20 and Jan. 3. Becker faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 and restitution for each of the robberies.

Authorities said Becker went into each bank and would give a teller a note demanding different amounts of money before fleeing on a bicycle. Becker was arrested after a teller at the sixth bank recognized him and activated a silent alarm.

He was apprehended about a quarter-mile from the bank as he was walking to a parked vehicle nearby.