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Bank robber to plead to Pascagoula bank heist in Texas

PASCAGOULA POLICE DEPARTMENT 
 Authorities identified Robert Scott Antrim as the bank robber in this picture taken during the July 25 holdup of a Hancock Bank on U.S. 90 in Pascagoula. He was on probation after convictions on three other bank robberies when he allegedly held up this bank and robbed a Hurst, Texas, bank two days later.
PASCAGOULA POLICE DEPARTMENT Authorities identified Robert Scott Antrim as the bank robber in this picture taken during the July 25 holdup of a Hancock Bank on U.S. 90 in Pascagoula. He was on probation after convictions on three other bank robberies when he allegedly held up this bank and robbed a Hurst, Texas, bank two days later.

GULFPORT -- A man accused of robbing a Pascagoula bank after serving time for three bank robberies in 2008 will be prosecuted on the latest charge in Texas.

A federal court document shows Robert Scott Antrim has agreed to plead guilty and be sentenced in Forth Worth, Texas, on a charge filed in U.S. District Court in Gulfport.

Antrim, 45, is accused of robbing a Hancock Bank on U.S. 90 in Pascagoula on July 25 and robbing a Northstar bank in Hurst, Texas, two days later.

Surveillance pictures released by police in both cities show a bank robber the FBI later identified as Antrim.

He has been held without bond since his arrest in Fort Worth on July 27. His driver's license showed he had a Biloxi address.

Antrim is set for arraignment Oct. 16 in U.S. District Court in Fort Worth, where he faces a similar charge for the holdup in Hurst.

He had pleaded guilty in 2009 to robbing banks in D'Iberville, Picayune and Mobile in 2008.

Those holdups were among five bank heists in South Mississippi within 42 hours. Area financial institutions responded by tightening their security, to include prohibiting customers from wearing hats and sunglasses.

Antrim admitted robbing a Mobile bank April 17, 2008, just hours before he robbed a D'Iberville bank. He also admitted robbing a Picayune bank two days later.

A federal judge gave a 56-month prison term and ordered him to repay the banks $9,741.

Antrim was released from prison and placed on probation May 9, 2014.

About 14 months later, in July, Pascagoula police contacted the FBI after the robbery of a Hancock bank. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office sent out a helicopter and K-9 units to look for a man driving a red Ford F-150.

Antrim was driving a red 1998 Ford F-150 when a Fort Worth police officer found him July 27, an FBI task-force agent said in a criminal complaint. The officer was running a license-plate check at a hotel. The check showed Antrim was wanted on a robbery charge in Mississippi.

Fort Worth police and the FBI then connected Antrim to the bank robbery in Hurst, the agent said.

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