Posted 5 months ago
By John Axtell
(AP) – A jobless man from Washington state accused of robbing at least 7 banks across the country in a spree that allegedly began in Lusk, Wyo, made his initial federal court appearance on robbery charges Wednesday in East St Louis, Illinois.
49-year old Carl Frederick Kieffer had the U.S. Public Defender’s Office appointed to represent him, and he waived his detention hearing and preliminary hearing.
Kieffer was arrested Tuesday near an Illinois cornfield two hours after he allegedly robbed a bank in O’Fallon, Ill, just east of St Louis.
$3,300 was taken in that robbery, and authorities say Kieffer had a “wad” of cash in his pocket when he was arrested following a car chase and a manhunt by dozens of law enforcers and an Illinois State Police airplane after abandoning his car.
O’Fallon Interim Police Chief Jeff Wild found Kieffer lying in the grass and that Kieffer said not to shoot because he didn’t have a gun.
FBI Special Agent Daniel Cook, in an affidavit filed Wednesday, said Kieffer admitted robbing 6 banks in Illinois, Wyoming, Ohio and Michigan. The Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat quoted Kieffer as telling the magistrate judge during his court appearance that “the FBI has been very nice to me.”
In a financial affidavit filed with the court, Kieffer wrote that he owed more than $600,000 in hospital bills – $480,000 to one hospital and $120,000 to another, though he did not specify his health issues. He also said he last worked at a fast food restaurant in Spokane, Wash, in August…earning $900,000.
Prosecutors say Kieffer’s case will first proceed in Illinois. Federal bank robbery charges carry a 10-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine.
Kieffer is a suspect in the following bank robberies:
* Aug. 26 at the Lusk State Bank in Lusk, Wyo.
* Sept. 5 at the Chase Bank in Novi, Mich.
* Sept. 13 at New Carlisle Federal Savings Bank in Tipp City, Ohio.
* Sept. 16 at the Bank and Trust in Farmersville, Ill.
* Oct. 3 at the Huntington National Bank in Bolivar, Ohio.
* Oct. 9 at the Fifth Third Bank Branch in Charlotte, Mich.