DOJ: Florida man pleaded guilty to bank robbery in Connecticut
Updated 6:51 pm, Tuesday, November 7, 2017
A Florida man pleaded guilty Monday to one count of bank robbery and admitted to a week-long robbery spree along the east coast, according to the Department of Justice.
On Feb. 11, Robert Abel, 55, of St. Augustine, Florida, robbed a McDonald’s restaurant in East Palm Coast, Florida, armed with a long silver blade, the DOJ said. On Feb. 12, with that same weapon, he robbed a CVS in St. Augustine, Florida. During these two robberies, Abel stole about $733, the DOJ said.
Just days later, on Feb. 15, Abel stole a car from a woman in South Carolina. The DOJ said he threatened to shoot the woman if she moved.
Moving up the east coast, Abel stole $1,517 after he robbed a Webster Bank branch in Stratford, the DOJ said. Then he attempted to rob a Walgreens Pharmacy in Stratford, but left the store without any money.
The Milford Police Department arrested Abel on Feb. 17. The DOJ said he has been detained since his arrest. Abel is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 31, 2018. At his sentencing, Abel faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.