EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- A man accused of robbing a southwestern Illinois bank is a suspect in at least six other holdups around the country.
Carl Frederick Kieffer made an initial court appearance Wednesday in East St. Louis, one day after he was arrested near a Swansea corn field. The 49-year-old from Spokane, Wash. is charged with robbery after authorities say he stole about $3,300 from the Bank of O’Fallon.
Court documents show he’s also a suspect in at least six other robberies. They include heists in Novi and Charlotte, Michigan; Tipp City and Bolivar, Ohio; Lusk, Wyo. and Farmersville, Ill.
Prosecutors say Kieffer’s case will first proceed in Illinois. Federal bank robbery charges carry a 10-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine.
Kieffer’s lawyer waived a detention and preliminary hearing.