Tucson man dubbed 'Barrel Chested Bandit' gets 10 years for stri - Tucson News Now

Tucson man dubbed 'Barrel Chested Bandit' gets 10 years for string of bank robberies

Suspect aka Barrel Chested Bandit (Source: Sulpher Springs Police Department) Suspect aka Barrel Chested Bandit (Source: Sulpher Springs Police Department)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A Tucson man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for a series of bank robberies that stretched across six states.

Anthony James Lane, 51, was sentenced Tuesday, May 1 after pleading guilty to 11 counts of bank robbery and one count of attempted bank robbery.

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The FBI said Lane, originally of Missouri, was nicknamed the "Barrel Chested Bandit" due to witness descriptions.

Authorities said from August 2016 to February 2017, Lane stole $74,000 from banks in Arizona (Tucson), New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Colorado. The sixth state was not mentioned.

The robberies kick-started a large-scale investigation which involved city, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

On Feb. 14, 2017, the FBI received a tip and spoke with three of Lane's former co-workers. Lane was arrested seven days later at a hotel in Tucson.

The FBI said Lane admitted to also robbing banks in Colorado and Utah.

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