Backward bandit suspect pleads “guilty”

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Federal Prosecutors say the “backward bandit” robberies that hit five Vermont convenience stores last winter were committed by at least two people who shared the sweat shirt with eye holes cut in the hood.

And at least three people were involved in the conspiracy that involved a BB gun stolen from Wal-Mart.

Twenty-year-old Gerald LaFlam of Hinesburg appeared in federal court in Burlington on Monday and pleaded guilty and promised to help authorities with the case in exchange for a more lenient sentence.

Prosecutors say the suspects in the string of four robberies in Chittenden County and one in Addison County wanted money for drugs.

A second suspect has pleaded not guilty. The third suspect has not been identified publicly.

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