A bank robber nicknamed “Man in Black” has been sentenced to 14 years for robbing 31 banks. Mark Wetsch, who’s since changed his name to Sheik Bilaal Muhammad Arafat, pleaded guilty to six robberies.
A 51-year-old Minneapolis man has pleaded guilty to robbing a TCF Bank on West Lake Street along with three other banks, the United States Attorney’s Office announced.
A Minneapolis man who authorities believe may be the serial bank robber called “Man In Black” has been indicted in federal court.
On Thursday afternoon, Mark Edward Wetch, 49, was charged with 13 counts of armed bank robbery in connection to 13 bank robberies between March 9, 2011 and Jan. 3, 2012.
His indictment alleges that Wetsch robbed a bank in Brewster, Alexandria, Hastings, St. Peter, Albertville, Richfield, Gaylord, Hampton, Faribault, Eden Prairie, Cologne and two in Minneapolis.
The amount Wetsch allegedly stole is said to be approximately $69,104.
If convicted, Wetsch could face up to 25 years in prison for each charge.