Columbus man pleads guilty to robbing Wells Fargo bank

Columbus man pleads guilty to robbing Wells Fargo bank

(WTVM) – A Columbus bank robber has pled guilty on Monday, Feb. 27 after a jury was selected for his case.

Christopher Belt, 26 of pled guilty to bank robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence in front of District Court Judge Clay D. Land.

The evidence revealed that Belt entered the Milgen Road branch of the Wells Fargo Bank on March 18, 2016, wearing a disguise and carrying a gun.

Belt approached a teller, demanded money and was given $8,101 in bank proceeds. He then left the bank and fled in a gold-colored Ford Fusion. The robbery lasted for less than a minute.

An employee at the bank managed to write down the Fusion's license plate number and Columbus police detectives were able to trace the car to a known associate of Belt's

Belt was then arrested in connection with the robbery n April 5, 2016. The stolen money and the firearm used during the robbery were not recovered.

Sentencing has been set for July 13, 2017. Belt could receive a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for bank robbery and up to five years in prison for having a firearm during the commission of a crime.

As a condition of Belt's sentence, he will have to pay $8,101 restitution to Wells Fargo Bank.

The investigation primarily was worked by the Columbus Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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