St. Albans man indicted as backward bandit

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Vermont State Police say they’ve solved the mystery of the backward bandit.

State and federal law enforcement officials say 26-year-old Matthew Maskell has been indicted on charges he robbed four Chittenden County convenience stores in January while wearing a sweat shirt backwards, with eyes cut in the hood.

State Police Lieutenant Brian Miller says investigators have been focusing on Maskell since early in the investigation.

On Monday, 20-year-old Gerald LaFlam of Hinesburg, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges stemming from a fifth robbery committed by a hooded bandit, at the Jerusalem Country store in Starksboro.

Two other people are also facing charges.

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