GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) – The man suspected of robbing 14 different banks while wearing the same hat has pleaded guilty to those crimes.
That man, 42-year-old Wesley Todd McCracken, entered a guilty plea in connection to the 14 bank robberies in six different states, including banking institutions in Myrtle Beach and Florence.
McCracken will be sentenced at a later date. US States Attorney Bill Nettles says he could be sentenced to 20 years for each offense or a fine of $250,000.
A former City of Georgetown police officer and an off-duty SLED agent were credited with stopping the serial bank robber as he attempted to flee from the South Carolina Bank and Trust in Georgetown in December 2011.
Former investigator Ricky Floyd and Agent Rhett Holden were running errands in Floyd's truck that afternoon when Floyd said they witnessed a man sprinting away from the bank and heading towards a nearby Ryan's parking lot.
"I saw the dye pack explode and I said 'Rhett! He just robbed a bank!'"
Floyd used a back road to loop back to the Ryan's parking lot and confront McCracken. He pounded on the window of McCracken's car, attempting to break the glass, while Agent Holden approached from the other side with his gun drawn.
"If it hadn't have been for Rhett, I don't know what would have happened," Floyd said. "But I'm glad I had my buddy with me and thank God he had his gun on him."
Little did Floyd and Holden know, but the man they had helped subdue was actually a suspected serial bank robber. McCracken is wanted in connection with bank robberies in seven other states, each one featuring a suspect sporting a Nike baseball cap.
Floyd left the Georgetown Police force in late October 2011 due to medical reasons. He said he acted without a moment's hesitation, but after the dust settled the gravity of the situation kicked in.
"Once everything calmed down, you realize 'Whoa, my body isn't ready for that yet.' But everything turned out well."