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By CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston
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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) A man blamed for five bank robberies inside Houston-area grocery stores, has pleaded guilty. Twenty-seven-year-old Kyle Lee Puglisi was charged with multiple counts of bank robbery in connection with several Houston-area bank robberies between July and September.

On Monday, a federal judge in Houston accepted the plea Puglisi. If convicted, he could spend up to 20 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine.

Puglisi, who remains in custody pending sentencing in February, was indicted over five holdups between July and September and further pleaded guilty to a July 2 armed robbery of First Convenience Bank in Houston. On the morning of that robbery, Puglisi entered the grocery store and began shopping. After placing several items in a shopping cart, he then approached a bank teller, pulled out a gun from the waistband of his pants, and told the teller, “Don’t make it obvious.” The teller then gave Puglisi an undetermined amount of cash and then he left the store.

Puglisi was arrested on September 19.

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