A man pleaded guilty to 11 bank robberies and one attempted bank robbery committed over a 16-month period.
U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr., Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office James W. McJunkin, and D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier made the announcement Friday.
Police said Jerome Thomas, 64, engaged in a long-running robbery spree that netted more than $20,000. Each time he robbed a bank, Thomas claimed that he had a gun or a pipe bomb, although no weapon or device was actually seen.
Thomas has been in custody since his arrest in the aftermath of a bank robbery in March.
Thomas’s sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 25. He faces up to 20 years in prison for each robbery. Under the plea agreement, he also will be ordered to pay $21,101 in restitution.