Bicycling bank bandit sentenced

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A Columbia man who robbed six banks and used a bicycle as his getaway vehicle will spend nearly five years in federal prison.

Shaun Christopher Becker was sentenced Tuesday to four years and nine months in prison without parole. He was also ordered to pay $4,490 in restitution.

Becker admitted in August 2015 that he robbed six banks in Columbia between November 2014 and January 2015. Prosecutors say in each case he rode a bicycle to the bank, went inside and handed a note demanding money to a bank teller. He did not display a weapon and no one was hurt in any of the robberies.

Becker told an FBI agent he committed the robberies to support an expensive heroin addiction.