Bank robbery ‘tipster’ becomes the suspect and gets 30 years for the crime
Posted Sep 5, 2013 10:40 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A bank robbery suspect identified after he came forward as a tipster has been convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison.
John Coleman of St. Louis was sentenced on Friday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Coleman had offered tips about the February 2011 robbery in hopes of getting help with his parole officer, according to St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce. But his contact, an FBI agent, became suspicious when Coleman offered details that would have been known only by someone involved with the crime, Joyce told the Post-Dispatch. The agent also believed Coleman looked similar to photos of the robber.
A teller and another witness identified Coleman in a photo lineup put together by the FBI agent. Authorities did not have any leads before Coleman came forward.