Man charged with robbing 5 New Haven banks to change plea

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A man accused of committing five bank robberies in New Haven last fall is expected to plead guilty to federal charges.

A change of plea hearing is scheduled Thursday in U.S. District Court for 38-year-old Juan Cruz.

Authorities say Cruz had recently been released from prison for robbing a bank in East Haven when he began a month-long robbery spree last October by taking over $1,500 from the Santander Bank in New Haven.

Prosecutors say over the next few weeks, Cruz robbed a Wells Fargo bank branch on Church Street three separate times and also took money from a Bank of America branch on that same street. They say he stole just over $17,000 during the robberies.

Cruz was arrested last November at a hotel in Chicopee, Massachusetts.
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