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Bank robbery defendant Darnell Collins has admitted to robbing two more banks, investigators with the Racine Police Department say.
Collins, 49, of Racine, was apprehended June 18 with James Ward, 33, also of Racine, after police say they robbed the BMO Harris branch at 4100 Durand Avenue. While in custody, Collins admitted to committing both the Wells Fargo robbery on June 9 and the Chase Bank robbery on June 16.
He was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with two new felony counts of robbery of a financial institution. If convicted, each count carries a maximum penalty of up to 40 years in prison and/or up to $100,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaints, Collins was being held at the Racine County Jail on a single felony count of bank robbery for his role in the BMO Harris incident when officers reviewed surveillance video and photos from both Wells Fargo and Chase Bank and recognized Collins. They forwarded the images to Department of Corrections Probation and Parole agents for help identifying the suspect as Collins.
Investigators say they interviewed Collins on June 24 after he was read his Miranda rights and agreed to speak to officers. After being presented with the images from both the Wells Fargo and Chase robberies, Collins admitted to being the perpetrator of those robberies.
Collins remains in the Racine County Jail on a $75,000 cash bond for BMO Harris charges. He was assigned another $500 cash bond for each of the new counts and will next be in court for preliminary hearings on the new charges on July 9.
Collins entered a not guilty plea on June 25 for the BMO Harris robbery and has his next court date for that case on August 1.