Crime & Courts

Alabama man pleads guilty in crime spree that included Newton robbery

A 26-year-old Alabama man has pleaded guilty in federal court to armed robberies in five states, including Kansas.

Robert Cameron Foust of Alabaster, Ala., pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery, one count of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction.

In his plea, authorities said, Foust admitted he relapsed into abusing cocaine and went on a five-day crime spree after being released in August from state prison in Alabama.

On Aug. 21, he used a knife for a robbery at a Movie Gallery video store in Calera, Ala.

He committed four crimes on Aug. 23: He stole a truck from Alabaster Tire in Alabaster, Ala., and drove to Michael's Pawn Shop in Columbiana, Ala., where he stole six firearms.

Later that day, he stole a 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass in Wilsonville, Ala., and used a gun for a holdup at a Movie Gallery video store in Warrior, Ala.

On Aug. 25, he committed several more crimes, authorities said.

Armed with a gun, he robbed a Mapco convenience store in Nashville, Tenn., a Valero Market convenience store in Jackson, Tenn., and a Movie Gallery video store in Conway, Ark.

He attempted a robbery at a Best Western hotel in Dixon, Tenn., that same day but left empty-handed when the clerk refused to give him the money.

On Aug. 26, he committed an armed robbery at a Movie Gallery video store in Roland, Okla.

Later that day, he entered a Family Video store in Newton and intended to rob the clerk at gunpoint, but changed his mind because there were other people in the store.

He then robbed a Little Caesar's Pizza in Newton.

He was arrested later that evening in Salina.

Sentencing is set for March 1. Foust faces up to life in prison on the charges.