Bank Robber Pleads Guilty [Updated]

The man stole about $500 from a Beverly Hills bank.

By City News Service

A 49-year-old man pleaded guilty today to robbing a Beverly Hills bank of about $500 using a cigarette lighter shaped like a gun.

Andy Lee "Audy'' Horn acknowledged that on March 6, he pointed a gun- shaped lighter at a teller at the Bank of America branch on North Beverly Drive and said, "Give me money, $50s, $20s, $100s.''

"The teller believed that he saw the metal barrel of a gun in defendant's hand,'' according to the plea agreement. "Fearing for his safety, the bank teller pulled out approximately $500 in Bank of America funds. Defendant took the money from the teller's hands and exited the bank.''

The Los Angeles resident was charged in March with three counts of armed bank robbery involving heists at a City National Bank in downtown Los Angeles and two BofA locations in Beverly Hills. The other counts will be dismissed as part of the plea deal.

U.S. District Judge Fernando M. Olguin set a Jan. 23 sentencing date for Horn, who faces up to 20 years in federal prison.


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