A 31-year-old man who robbed eight banks and coached teens on how to hold up another eight was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison.
The FBI dubbed Robert Adams, 31, the “Rabid Fan Bandit” because of the various hats he wore with sports logos during the string of robberies in Tacoma, Lakewood, Puyallup, Auburn, Des Moines, Renton and Spokane.
The spree lasted throughout March and April 2014.
Adams pleaded guilty to 10 counts of bank robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit bank robbery.
In addition to robbing banks, he also taught two 15-year-old boys to take threatening notes to tellers and demand money.
“This defendant not only terrorized tellers across our state, he recruited and trainers teenagers to continue to his crime spree,” U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes said in a statement. “His willingness to draw young people into these bank robberies makes this a particularly despicable crime.”
Two other men, Vincent Thompson, 31, and Jeff Black, 27, are charged in the bank robbery ring.