November 16 2017

'Spelling Bee Bandit' Bank Robber Pleads Guilty

By: Rich Hosford

 

A Chelsea man, dubbed the “Spelling Bee Bandit” due to poor spelling in notes handed to bank tellers, has plead guilty in court.

 

Jason S. Englen, 34, was charged with the robberies of multiple banks in the Greater Boston area starting with an October 31, 2016 robbery of a TD Bank in Arlington. Authorities say that over the next couple weeks he robbed TD Banks in Reading and Peabody and, on November 7, 2016, the Salem Five in Burlington.

 

On Thursday many outlets, including the Boston Globe, reported that Englen had plead guilty to the charges.

 

He was arrested last December.

 

The reason for the moniker is that during the search for Englen police released an image of a note used in the Arlington robbery that just had the word “ROBERY” written on it. Notes in other robberies had the same misspelling and in one case a not read “ROBERT.”  

 

Englen is scheduled to be back in court on February 28 for sentencing. He could face up to 20 years.


 

 
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