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‘Black Hat Bandit’ pleads guilty to 9 bank robberies

© Leesburg Today - 09/24/2015

A prolific bank robber known as the ""Black Hat Bandit"" pleaded guilty Thursday in connection to nine bank robberies in Northern Virginia, Maryland and D.C. earlier this year.

Thomas Anthony George, 65, of Washington, D.C., faces 32 years to life in prison when he is sentenced in December.

The heists began Jan. 2 with a robbery at the Bank of America on Chain Bridge Road in McLean. George and a fellow robber entered the bank, brandished a gun, ordered employees to the floor and made off with more than $28,000, according to federal court records.

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Over the next two months, George and his co-conspirators robbed nine banks -- six in Northern Virginia, two in Maryland and one in D.C. -- stealing more than $180,000, court records show.

The Virginia robberies included the Jan. 2 heist in McLean, a Jan. 6 robbery at the BB&T on Arlington Boulevard in Fairfax, a Jan. 20 robbery at the Bank of America on Maple Avenue in Vienna, two robberies on Feb. 18, at the BB&T on Maple Avenue in Vienna and the Wells Fargo on Community Avenue in Sterling, and a March 2 heist at the Wells Fargo in Falls Church.

George and a 36-year-old man were arrested March 13 after a robbery at a bank in Washington. It's unclear if there were others involved.

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