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

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

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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