12-time bank robber headed to prison

ST. LOUIS | A Florissant man who admitted robbing 12 St. Louis area banks has been sentenced to more than six years in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $105,000 in restitution.

Donald Giammanco, known as the “Boonie Hat Bandit,” was sentenced Thursday.

Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Reap has said Giammanco made off with amounts ranging from $1,300 at one bank to $26,000 at another. Seven of the robberies were in St. Louis County, five in St. Charles County.

Giammanco earned the nickname because he twice wore military-style, floppy-brimmed “Boonie” hats during robberies. Other times he wore suit jackets or other nice clothing.

After his capture in September, authorities described Giammanco, 45, as an out-of-work construction worker.