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Fake Beard Bandit’ admits robberies in 4 states

February 23, 2012

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— An Oklahoma man nicknamed the "Fake Beard Bandit" has pleaded guilty to eight bank robberies in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas.

Jason Andrew Day entered his plea Thursday in federal court in Fort Smith. Day was arrested Aug. 26, three days after a Liberty Bank in Fort Smith was robbed.

Court records show that Day is accused of taking more than $70,000 from banks in Fort Smith; Oklahoma City; Coweta, Okla; Shawnee and Olathe, Kan.; and Joplin, Mo.

Prosecutors say Day entered the banks wearing a large, obviously fake beard. He demanded money while brandishing what police later learned was a BB gun that looked like a handgun.

His sentencing has not yet been set. A public defender representing Day didn't immediately return a message seeking comment Thursday.

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