'Bicycle Bandit' pleads guilty to 3 bank heists

'Bicycle Bandit' pleads guilty to 3 bank heists

EUGENE, Ore. -- The bicycling bandit captured after colliding with a police cruiser after a heist downtown pleaded guilty in federal court to robbing three Eugene banks.

Douglas Brian Hart, 51, faces up to 20 years in prison for each robbery.

Police had suspected him of committing five bank robberies over six weeks. The common thread: in most of the cases, the culprit rode off on a bicycle.

Sentencing has been scheduled for Oct. 6, 2009, at 10 a.m.

At the plea hearing, Hart admitted to robbing:

  • The Pearl Street Liberty Bank of $1,829 on Nov. 12, 2008
  • The U.S. Bank located on Willamette Street of $2,223 on Nov. 24, 2008
  • The Broadway Street Wells Fargo Bank of $480 on Dec. 5, 2008.

Hart was caught after the Wells Fargo robbery when his bicycle collided with a police cruiser responding to the scene. Hart was in possession of stolen bank money when arrested, according to prosecutors.