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He robbed a Wichita bank 7 years ago; now he’s been charged with robbing it again

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A man suspected of robbing a Wichita bank earlier this week had spent time in federal prison after pleading guilty to robbing the same bank seven years ago.

Brent Allen Drees, 50, of Wichita, is charged with one count of bank robbery, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said in a release. Drees allegedly robbed the Conway Bank at 121 E. Kellogg on Tuesday, giving the teller a note saying, “Give me $3,000 and you won’t get hurt,” a criminal affidavit states.

He was arrested Thursday afternoon in connection to the robbery after a Crime Stoppers tip led investigators to an area on the south side of Wichita, police Officer Paul Cruz said in a release.

Drees was released from Federal Bureau of Prisons custody in July 2017, prison records show. He had served a 46-month sentence for bank robbery, McAllister’s release said.

He previously pleaded guilty to two Wichita bank robberies, federal court records show. One was at the same Conway Bank at Kellogg and Main in September 2011, where he stole $1,500. He robbed the Emprise Bank at Central and West later that month, taking $1,200. Similar notes were used in all three bank robberies, according to court records.

Jason Tidd: 316-268-6593, @Jason_Tidd

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