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Fake Beard Bandit’ pleads guilty in Shawnee bank robbery

Authorities are looking for this man, captured on surveillance tape July 25 while robbing the Bank of Blue Valley, 5520 Hedge Lane Terrace in Shawnee.

Authorities are looking for this man, captured on surveillance tape July 25 while robbing the Bank of Blue Valley, 5520 Hedge Lane Terrace in Shawnee.

February 23, 2012, 2:59 p.m.

Updated: February 29, 2012, 12:00 a.m.

FORT SMITH, Ark. — An Oklahoma man nicknamed the “Fake Beard Bandit” has pleaded guilty to eight bank robberies in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas — including a robbery in Shawnee.

Jason Andrew Day entered his plea Thursday in federal court in Fort Smith.

Day was arrested Aug. 26, three days after a Liberty Bank in Fort Smith was robbed.

Court records show that Day is accused of taking more than $70,000 from banks in Fort Smith; Oklahoma City; Coweta, Okla; Shawnee and Olathe; and Joplin, Mo. The Shawnee robbery happened the afternoon of July 25 at Bank of Blue Valley, 5520 Hedge Lane Terrace.

Prosecutors say Day entered the banks wearing a large, obviously fake beard. He demanded money while brandishing what police later learned was a BB gun that looked like a handgun.

His sentencing has not yet been set. A public defender representing Day didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment Thursday.

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