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A woman wanted for the robbery of U.S. Bank at 3601 Route 159 in Glen Carbon on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. She was later identified as Adrianna C. Frye-Williamson, who was sentenced to 51 months in prison for bank robbery.

EAST ST. LOUIS — A Springfield, Illinois, woman was sentenced Wednesday to 51 months in federal prison for a string of bank robberies early this year, authorities said.

Adrianna Chanel Frye-Williamson, 21, was also ordered to pay restitution for robberies in Edwardsville, Glen Carbon and Springfield.

In the Edwardsville robbery, authorities say Frye-Williamson entered the National Bank at 2200 Troy Road on Jan. 20 and passed a note to the teller. "This is a robbery," the note said. "I have a gun — BIG BILLS ONLY."

The teller gave Frye-Williamson $4,200 from her drawer and Frye-Williamson left the bank.

On Feb. 9, she went to the U.S. Bank at 3601 South Route 159 in Glen Carbon and again handed over a note saying she had a gun. The teller handed over $1,176.

Witnesses saw her leave that bank robbery on a bicycle, which was later found by police. They discovered Frye-Wiliamson had bought the bike earlier in the day at a pawn shop in Springfield.

Authorities arrested Frye-Williamson the next day. Authorities found some of the stolen money in her car. They also found clothing she'd worn in the U.S. Bank robbery and a note that said "This is a robbery I have a gun."

They identified her in surveillance images from the robberies, including a third robbery on Jan. 12 in Springfield.

In that robbery, at an Illini Bank branch, she handed over a note that said "This is a robbery — I have a bomb strapped to me — give me all the large bills." She got $1,200 in that robbery.

No one was hurt in the robberies. She told authorities she never had a weapon.


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