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'Hefty Heister' bank robbery suspect admits to Elk Grove, Walnut Grove robberies

Accused serial bank robber Wesley Allen Krohn was dubbed the "Helfty Heister" by authorities during their search for him.
Accused serial bank robber Wesley Allen Krohn was dubbed the "Helfty Heister" by authorities during their search for him. FBI

A man accused of robbing banks in several Northern California communities, including Elk Grove and Walnut Grove, pleaded guilty in federal court in Oakland on Monday.

Wesley Allen Krohn, 34, pleaded guilty to two counts of armed bank robbery, four counts of bank robbery and one count of attempted bank robbery, according to a U.S. Attorney's Office news release.

Krohn, of San Jacinto, admitted to committing two armed bank robberies, in Pleasant Hill and Walnut Grove, as well as four unarmed bank robberies, in Elk Grove, Brentwood, Rohnert Park and Suisun City. He also admitted that he attempted to rob a Lodi bank, the news release said.

Authorities had dubbed the man, captured in surveillance photos, the "Hefty Heister" because of his heavy build.

In some of the robberies, Krohn entered the banks wearing a fake beard and a baseball hat, approached tellers and presented a note demanding money. In one robbery, he raised what appeared to be a pistol, pointed it in the direction of the teller and ordered her to open the bottom two drawers, according to the news release.

Krohn admitted to robbing the Bank of Rio Vista in Walnut Grove of $1,439 on Dec. 31, 2015, and the Tri Counties Bank in Elk Grove of $2,144 on Jan. 19, 2016. He also admitted attempting to rob the US Bank in Lodi on Jan. 19, 2016.

As part of his plea agreement, Krohn is to pay restitution in the amount of $14,623 to the banks he admitted robbing, the news release said.

Krohn was arrested on Dec. 8, 2017, by FBI agents and has been in custody since then.

His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Aug. 6 in Oakland before U.S. District Judge Haywood S. Gilliam Jr.

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