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Pittsburgh man pleads guilty to three 2015 bank robberies

| Monday, June 19, 2017, 6:36 p.m.

A Pittsburgh man pleaded guilty in federal court to robbing three banks in November 2015, federal authorities say.

William Eger, 52, formerly of Woodland Avenue in Pittsburgh's Marshall-Shadeland neighborhood, pleaded guilty before federal Judge Cathy Bissoon in Pittsburgh.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 2.

Federal authorities say Eger robbed three banks in November 2015, the first of which was a First National Bank in O'Hara on Nov. 17.

Eger walked into the O'Hara bank and handed the teller a note that indicated he had a gun and demanded money. He walked away with close to $2,650.

Four days later, Eger walked into a Huntington National Bank in West Mifflin and handed a teller robbery a note. He left with more than $3,200.

On Nov. 24, 2015, Eger went to a First Niagara Bank in Pittsburgh's West End. He held up his finger and said he had a gun, and also pulled up his shirt and exposed his waistband area.

Authorities said that when the teller didn't see a gun, she told Eger to leave.

Eger fled without any money and was caught by police after a brief foot chase.

Once caught, authorities said, Eger confessed to all three robberies.

Police found a notebook Eger used to write the Huntington National Bank robbery note as well as a hooded jacket and jeans that matched what Eger had been wearing in the bank surveillance video.

Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song said in a release that Eger faces a maximum total sentence of 25 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both. Eger was ordered to remain in custody pending his sentencing.

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