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Utah man admits to robbing Auburn bank during three-state spree

A Utah man has pleaded guilty to robbing a bank in Auburn, as well as banks in Nevada and Utah.

Gregory Jerome Brown, 28, of Bountiful, Utah, entered the plea Wednesday in federal court in Sacramento.

Brown late last year robbed three banks in three different states, beginning with the Oct. 13 robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank at 338 Elm St. in Auburn, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

He also admitted robbing the Wells Fargo Bank at 2895 Northtowne Lane in Reno on Oct. 14, and the America First Credit Union at 2928 East Mall Drive, in Saint George, Utah, on Nov. 8, the news release said.

Brown wrote his demands on an index card and, in one note, claimed to have a gun. After the robberies, he rode away on his motorcycle, according to the news release.

After the Saint George robbery, Brown headed south and was arrested in Phoenix.

He is to be sentenced April 18 by U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller.

The case resulted from an investigation by the FBI, with assistance from the Auburn, Reno, Saint George and Pleasant Grove police departments.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy