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Houston Man Convicted in Grocery Store Bank Robbery

Dec. 10, 2012

HOUSTON – A Houston man indicted for a string of bank robberies in Houston during the summer of 2012 has entered a plea of guilty, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Kyle Lee Puglisi, 27, was charged with multiple counts of bank robbery after allegedly robbing five banks located in various grocery stores throughout the Houston area between July and September of this year. 

Today, Puglisi admitted that on July 2, 2012, he robbed the First Convenience Bank located inside a Kroger grocery store in north Houston. Late that morning, Puglisi entered the grocery store and began shopping. He placed several grocery items from the shelves into a grocery cart then pushed the grocery cart toward the bank. He approached the teller, produced a revolver from the waistband of his pants and said to the teller, “DON'T MAKE IT OBVIOUS.” The teller, fearing for his life, pulled some cash and gave it to Puglisi. Puglisi then fled the grocery store in an unknown direction, leaving the groceries and cart near the teller counter. Investigators were able to identify Puglisi as the person responsible for the robbery from evidence collected at the scene.

Puglisi was apprehended by authorities on Sept. 19, 2012, shortly after committing another robbery of the First Community Credit Union in an HEB grocery store in Spring. A small amount of U.S. currency and a pellet gun were also seized at the time of Puglisi’s arrest.

Puglisi faces up to 20 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine. He will remain in custody pending the sentencing hearing set for Feb. 25, 2013.

This case was investigated by the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard D. Hanes is prosecuting the case.