Man admits to grocery store bank robberies

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HOUSTON - A Houston man indicted in connection with a string of bank robberies during the summer of 2012 has pleaded guilty.

Kyle Lee Puglisi, 27, was charged with multiple counts of bank robbery in connection with several robberies of banks in various grocery stores throughout Houston between July and September.

On Monday, Puglisi admitted that on July 2, he robbed the First Convenience Bank inside a Kroger grocery store in north Houston.  Late that morning, Puglisi entered the grocery store and began shopping.  He placed several items in a cart, then pushed the cart toward the bank. He approached the teller, pulled out a gun from the waistband of his pants, and told him, "Don't make it obvious."

The teller handed over some cash. Puglisi then left the grocery store in an unknown direction, leaving the groceries and cart near the teller counter.  Investigators identified Puglisi as the person responsible for the robbery from evidence collected at the scene.

Authorities arrested Puglisi on Sept.19, shortly after he robbed the First Community Credit Union in a Spring HEB grocery store.  Authorities seized a small amount of money and a pellet gun at the time of his arrest.

Puglisi faces up to 20 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine.  He will remain in custody pending the sentencing hearing set for Feb. 25, 2013.

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