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Kansas man pleads guilty in staging bank holdup in Overland Park

March 29, 2011

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— A Kansas man has pleaded guilty to being part of an amateur scheme to steal money from a bank.

Eighteen-year-old Brendan L. Connors, of Overland Park, pleaded guilty Monday to helping stage a kidnapping and bank robbery at the U.S. Bank in Overland Park.

Prosecutors say Connors and three others stole money from the bank then staged a kidnapping and bank robbery to cover it up.

One of the four, 20-year-old Michael Grace, was a teller at the bank. Last November, Grace said he was kidnapped, taken to the bank and forced to withdraw money. He was found inside the bank bound to a chair.

The story quickly fell apart and the four were arrested. The other three co-defendants are scheduled for change of plea hearings.

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