SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – A New Mexico man dubbed the “Double Hat Bandit” during a string of bank robberies committed in Utah and six other states between October 2016 and September 2017 pleaded guilty to 18 robberies.
Prosecutors say Shayne Carson, 54, of Albuquerque pleaded guilty to robberies in Oregon, Colorado, Washington, Idaho, Iowa, Ohio, and Utah.
Carson was nicknamed the “double hat bandit” because the robberies that took place at banks inside grocery stores involved a man wearing two hats.
In many of the robberies, Carson admitted he told the teller he had a gun, and in some cases, he admitted he brandished what appeared to be a handgun, but police now believe he never had a real firearm.
Investigators said he received between $834 and $8,377 in each of the robberies.
A plea agreement that is subject to court approval stipulates Carson spend at least 12 years in prison, but no more than 15 years.
Carson was tracked down and arrested in Indiana in September 2017. He is scheduled to be sentenced on August 15, 2018, in Salt Lake City.