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Originally published Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 10:39 PM

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WA 'Bicycle Bandit' pleads guilty of bank robbery

A 34-year-old man who robbed Spokane-area banks and fled on a BMX bike pleaded guilty on Thursday to nine bank robberies and a weapons charge.

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SPOKANE, Wash. —

A 34-year-old man who robbed Spokane-area banks and fled on a BMX bike pleaded guilty on Thursday to nine bank robberies and a weapons charge.

The Spokesman-Review reports that Lucas G. Woodard and his lawyers accepted a plea deal with federal prosecutors that will allow a judge to sentence him. He faces between 17 and 22 years in prison. He will be sentenced in September.

Woodard admitted to robbing nine banks between late 2099 and 2010. He was arrested in October 2010 by an off-duty police officer who blocked his bike's path following a robbery at Washington Trust Bank branch.

Woodard had a Glock 9 MM at the time of his arrest.

Police say that Woodard would wear a hooded sweatshirt, cover his face, display a black handgun and ask tellers to count backward from 500 before he pedaled away on his bike.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com

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