- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A bank robber who left prison just months ago after a 2007 heist has pleaded guilty to committing another six robberies in four days.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (https://bit.ly/1HUzBbh) Russell Lee Finley made it easy for the FBI to find him. He did not hide his face. He also provided a driver’s license to the car dealership where he borrowed his getaway vehicle.

According to court records, Finely was sentenced to 92 months for robbing the Sevier County Bank in Sevierville in Sept. 2007. During that heist, he had left behind a partially completed furniture rental form with his fingerprint on it.

He was freed in June. Then between Jan. 2 and Jan. 5 he robbed five Knoxville Dollar General stores - taking an item to the counter and grabbing cash once the register was open - before once again robbing the Sevier County Bank.

FBI agent David Bukowski recognized Finley immediately on the bank’s surveillance footage, according to court records. He was the same agent who had busted Finley in 2007.

Bukowski and a partner also noticed the getaway vehicle parked at the nearby car dealership. Finley had taken it on a test drive and then returned it after the heist. Employees there had a copy of Finley’s drivers license.

Finley was nabbed in Knoxville, still wearing the shirt he wore during the bank robbery and still in possession of a pad of paper from the car dealership on which he had written his demand note, Bukowski wrote in a complaint.

Finley pleaded guilty in federal court in Knoxville on Wednesday. Sentencing is scheduled for July 29.


Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, https://www.knoxnews.com



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