HOUSTON (CBS Houston) A man who was arrested for robbing five banks inside of Houston grocery stores received the maximum sentence to prison.
Kyle Lee Puglisi, nicknamed the “Bearded Bandit” by officials, will spend 63 months behind bars, U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore ruled on Monday.
Twenty-seven-year-old Puglisi was charged with multiple counts of bank robbery in connection with the robberies of five banks inside grocery stores between July and September of 2012.
According to FBI agents, Puglisi entered the grocery store and began shopping like a regular customer. He would then place several grocery items from the shelves into a grocery cart and push the cart toward the bank. He would then approach the bank teller, pull a revolver from his pants and demand money.
With the help of surveillance video, officials were able to identify Puglisi as the bank robber. Authorities also collected evidence from the scenes of the robberies. Evidence coupled with video led authorities to Puglisi. DNA was processed from the grocery carts he used in the robberies.
Additional reports indicate that Puglisi will remain in custody pending transfer to a federal prison. He was also ordered to pay restitution on Monday and to serve a three-year term of supervised release following completion of his prison term.