The “I-55 bank robber” has turned himself in. Banks along Interstate 55 can enjoy a respite, knowing that skinny Illinois teen Andrew Maberry, the 19-year-old I-55 bandit, won’t come walking through their doors anytime soon. The teen bandit has called it quits, reports the Inquisitr on Sept. 11.
Since May of this year, the I-55 robber has hit at least 10 banks in five separate states: Illinois, Missouri, Maryland, West Virginia and Tennessee. The sole perpetrator, described by the FBI as “young (18 to 25 years old), tall (6’0” to 6’3”), and thin with short brown hair,” surrendered to FBI agents at their office in St. Louis on Wednesday.
The FBI credits a strong publicity campaign and the public's assistance. The fact that Maberry’s image was plastered all over the Mideast states made it easy.
“We want to thank the news media and digital billboard companies for providing coverage on the I-55 Bandit,” said FBI Special Agent Dean C. Bryant said. “We have no doubt Maberry’s surrender was a direct result of the extensive media attention. We also appreciate the dozens of solid tips we were provided by the public. The FBI has long relied on the public to help identify and capture criminals.”
Several still photos from video surveillance cameras were released by the FBI, showing the suspect wearing different hats and sunglasses, usually with his hands stuffed in his pockets. In some of the robberies, Maberry only wore sunglasses, and in at least one video, he's not disguised at all, making it easy for people who knew Maberry to blow him in.
Digital billboards in the affected states ran photos of Maberry along with a “Wanted” description and the FBI tip line phone number.
The FBI said no one was injured in any of the robberies, and Maberry never showed that he had a weapon, although he implied that he did. The old finger in the coat pocket it would seem.
After releasing the images, the FBI was flooded with calls and tips from people identifying the I-55 bandit.