TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLF) - A serial bank robbery suspect admitted to four bank robberies in court on Friday, but his guilty plea hearing is postponed. As we previously reported, Joseph Kruger was arrested after a string of bank robberies last August and October in our area.
Kruger was originally faced four armed robbery charges, four theft charges and being a habitual offender. We learned in court on Friday that the plea bargain drops the four theft charges, and reduces two of his "armed robbery" charges to "robbery" charges. The plea bargain still includes the habitual offender charge.
He confirmed his guilt on three charges on-the-record, but he questioned the final armed robbery charge. He said he did not have his bb gun on him when he robbed the West Lafayette Centier Bank on Sagamore Parkway. He claimed he had left it in his car.
Judge Steven Meyer rescheduled the plea hearing for Thursday, January 30th at 11 a.m. The postponement is to give Kruger and his attorney time to make sure all the circumstances of the plea deal are on a factual basis.