Maskell charged in backward bandit robberies

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A suspect in the backward bandit robberies in Chittenden County is denying the charges.

Twenty-seven-year-old Matthew Maskell has been charged in a string of convenience store robberies committed by a suspect wearing a sweat shirt backward with eyes cut in the hood.

A grand jury first indicted Maskell on one charge accusing him of conspiring with three others in a spree of convenience store robberies this spring.

But earlier this month those charges were upgraded to four counts of robbery in addition to the original charge.

If convicted Maskell faces up to 20 years in prison for each of the robbery charges and another 20 years plus fines for the conspiracy charge.

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