‘Bad teeth’ bandit admits to two bank heists | News
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 72-year-old man who pulled two guns out of a Jimmy John's sandwich box during a credit union robbery has pleaded guilty to the July heist.
Simon S. Gutierrez entered guilty pleas in U.S. District Court on Wednesday. Police arrested him July 13 at his home in Three Rivers.
At the time of his arrest, Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officers said Gutierrez was "no stranger to a life of robbing banks."
He admitted to robbing Consumers Credit Union on July 10. Gutierrez entered the branch on Portage Street near Banbury Road about 11 a.m. armed with two pellet guns. He pulled the weapons from the sandwich box and pointed them at clerks, fleeing with more than $6,500.
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He's also accused of robbing a Fifth Third branch in Kalamazoo three years ago. Gutierrez produced what appeared to be a silver handgun and made off with more than $1,400 in the Jan. 25, 2013 heist.
Clerks at the time described the suspect as having “bad teeth.’’ Police said a red dye pack placed with the money exploded shortly after the suspect fled the Portage Road bank.
Under a plea agreement, charges in that robbery will be dismissed at sentencing.
Gutierrez also pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Officers found a .357-caliber handgun in his bedroom, which Gutierrez was prohibited from having due to prior felony convictions.