HARTFORD - A Bridgeport man has admitted to robbing five banks in Connecticut, including one in Plainville where bank employees were threatened with their life if they didn’t cooperate.
Bryce Laister, 25, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty on Thursday, in Hartford federal court, to one count of armed bank robbery.
He also admitted that he robbed five Connecticut banks between November 2016 and June 2017, according to officials from the United States Attorney’s Office.
Officials said Laister robbed banks in Plainville, Milford, Westbrook, Shelton and New Haven. During the Shelton robbery, Laister brandished a pistol.
In the Westbrook robbery, on May 5, and the Plainville incident, on April 7 at the Key Bank, located at 133 East Main St., Laister threatened to kill or shoot the employees if they did not comply with his demands for cash, officials said.
Laister was found and arrested in Stratford on June 15, after he engaged in a two-hour standoff with local and federal authorities.
During his arrest, he was found with a .380-caliber pistol and a magazine loaded with two bullets.
A search of Laister’s vehicle turned up clothing he wore during one of the robberies and a makeup kit he used to disguise his features.
Laister is scheduled to be sentenced May 17. He faces a maximum prison term of 25 years. He has been detained since his arrest.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.