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Man pleads guilty to Lacey's Spring bank robbery

By Sheryl Marsh
smarsh@decaturdaily.com 340-2437

A 64-year-old man who left behind his bankbook after robbing a bank at Lacey's Spring last year, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery in Morgan County Circuit Court.

James Danny Lancaster of 1073 Cullman County 1488
entered the guilty plea
before Circuit Judge Glenn Thompson this week, according to records.

Authorities said Lancaster entered Peoples Bank of North Alabama on Alabama 36 on July 31, 2006, and told employees he had a gun. He left the bank with $6,700, authorities said.

Reportedly, Lancaster's bankbook that he left at the bank led sheriff's investigators to him in Cullman.

Deputies staged a watch on back roads and soon saw Lancaster driving home, reports show.

When deputies stopped him they saw stacks of money bound by Peoples Bank bands inside his car.

He was wearing the same clothes that bank employees described to police.

Deputies took Lancaster to the Morgan County Jail and impounded his vehicle, reports show.

Lancaster remains free on a $10,000 bond pending sentencing.

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