White man used black mask in Ohio robberies

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Prosecutors say a white man who pleaded guilty to six southwest Ohio robberies used a black mask so lifelike that police initially arrested a black man for one of the crimes.

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The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that prosecutors say the black man’s mother even thought a photo of the suspect she saw on television was her son.

Court officials say 30-year-old Conrad Zdzierak if the Cincinnati area pleaded guilty Monday to one count of aggravated robbery and five counts of robbery. The prosecutor in a plea deal dismissed 12 other charges and declined to seek indictments in other crimes where Zdzierak was suspected.

Authorities say Zdzierak stole about $15,000 in the robberies this year of four banks, a credit union and a pharmacy. Witnesses reported the robber was black.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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