TUPELO -An Alabama man charged with the robbery of a bank in Bowling Green, Ky., has admitted robbing a Tupelo bank and five others in three states.

James E. Mellinger of Town Creek, Ala., told FBI agents that he was responsible for the March 14 robbery of the Peoples Bank & Trust branch in the Kroger on Barnes Crossing Road. Mellinger was arrested following the robbery of a Bowling Green Bank and Trust branch, also located in a Kroger, on Aug. 29, said Tupelo Police Chief Jerry Crocker.

Mellinger, who remains in custody in Kentucky, told FBI agents he also had robbed another bank in Mississippi, two banks in Tennessee and two banks in Georgia since February.

In all of the robberies, Mellinger slipped the clerks a note telling them he was armed and wanted money. Six of the seven robberies happened at bank branches located in larger stores, Crocker said.

FBI agents are investigating Mellinger's possible involvement in other robberies. Crocker said it is likely the charges will be handled on a federal level.

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