March 13 2018

'Spelling Bee Bandit' Bank Robber Sentenced to Prison



A Chelsea man, dubbed the “Spelling Bee Bandit” due to poor spelling in notes handed to bank tellers, has been sentenced to prison.

Jason S. Englen, 34, pleaded guilty last November to 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.


Last week Federal prosecutors said Englen was sentenced to seven years of prison and three years of supervised release, WBZ reports.

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 note read “ROBERT.”  


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