Serial bank robber racks up another conviction

Jeffrey Haydock has pleaded guilty to two counts of bank robbery

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A bank robber with multiple convictions pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to two armed heists in 2009 and 2010 at two different credit unions in Cedar Rapids, which also is around the same time he was nabbed for two more in Wisconsin.

Jeffrey Haydock, 57, of Watertown, Wis., pleaded guilty to two counts of bank robbery. He admitted to robbing the First Federal Credit Union, 425 First Ave SW, of $24,264 on July 20, 2009 and to robbing $15,299 from the Linn Area Credit Union, 619 20th Ave. SW, Feb. 17, 2010. In both robberies, Haydock admitted to assaulting a person with a dangerous weapon.

According to the plea agreement, Haydock in both robberies displayed a black semi-automatic handgun and ordered everybody in the credit unions on the floor. Haydock then told the tellers to give him all the money and not to put in any dye packs. He gave the tellers a plastic grocery bag for the money and then left the bank with the cash.

Haydock faces up to 50 years and up to $500,000 in fines on both counts.

He also was originally charged with a third count of robbing the First Federal Credit Union a second time in November 2009 and taking $12,155, but that charge will be dismissed at sentencing as part of the plea agreement.

Haydock was convicted in 2010 for a robbery or a credit union May 7, 2010 and a month later at a bank in La Crosse, Wis., according to a LaCrosse Tribune article. During sentencing in La Crosse County Circuit Court, details of Haydock's criminal history were revealed. He had just spent 22 years in prison for a robbery spree and was only out three years before he started another spree in 2009 and 2010. He also had a federal probation violation.

Wisconsin court records are unclear on whether he is still serving his sentence there. Assistant U.S. Attorney Pete Deegan said he didn’t have that information on Friday.

According to the 2010 Tribune article, Haydock was convicted of five robberies at two Madison, Wis., banks in 1984 and 1985. He told the judge at the 2010 sentencing that he didn't need the money and he had a good job, a house and a fiancee. He said he couldn't explain why he did it.

In 1986, Haydock told a judge he had a cocaine addiction and promised to stop after each robbery, according to the Tribune article.

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