CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An Illinois teen turned himself in to federal authorities claiming to be the "I-55 Bandit" who robbed several banks in five states including West Virginia, authorities said.
Andrew Maberry, 19, of O'Fallon, Ill., surrendered to the agents at the FBI field office in St. Louis, Mo., Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the agency launched a publicity campaign to capture the "I-55 Bandit," according to a release on the FBI's website.
"We want to thank the news media and digital billboard companies for providing coverage on the I-55 Bandit," Dean C. Bryant, Special Agent in Charge for the FBI's St. Louis division, 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."
The bandit is believed to have robbed 10 banks and made attempts at two others since May 6. The robberies took place in Illinois, Missouri, Maryland, Tennessee and West Virginia.
The bandit was said to have walked into the Huntington Bank on Great Teays Boulevard about 2:54 p.m. July 30 and handed a note to the teller demanding money. The teller handed over the cash and the man fled on foot.
He was dubbed the "I-55 Bandit" because the four banks robbed in the St. Louis area al were along Interstate 55.
He has been charged with one count of bank robbery in connection with a July 2 robbery at Commerce Bank in Arnold, Mo. He was arraigned Wednesday at a federal courthouse in Missouri. The FBI still is investigating the matter to determine if Maberry can be linked to the other robberies.