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'Ho-hum bandit' pleads guilty to seven more bank robberies

SAN DIEGO -- An admitted bank robber whose modus operandi was so nonchalant that he was dubbed the "Ho-Hum Bandit" by the FBI pleaded guilty Tuesday to seven more bank robberies.

Adam Lynch, 34, an Irish immigrant who once ran a dog-washing business in Corte Madera in Northern California, entered his plea in San Diego federal court.

Last year, he was convicted of four counts for bank robberies in Denver and Cheyenne, Wyoming. He was sentenced to five years and four months in prison.

Sentencing for the San Diego robberies is set for April 21 before U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez.

According to prosecutors, Lynch would stroll into a bank and casually pass a demand note to a teller. The note said he was armed, but witnesses saw no gun.

The San Diego robberies occurred from Febuary to June 2010. He robbed the same bank twice in a week. Later he moved to Denver and began his spree in that region, according to prosecutors.

He was arrested in 2011 when in an attempt to impress a former girlfriend he boasted of being the "Ho-Hum Bandit." The woman called police, and Lynch was arrested minutes later in an Irish pub in downtown Denver.



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