A Fresno man dubbed by police as the "Smelly Bandit" pleaded no contest Tuesday in Fresno County Superior Court to robbing five banks and a Subway sandwich shop in Fresno and Clovis.
Michael Garrett, 56, faces eight years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 14.
Garrett entered his plea on the second day of his preliminary hearing to spare the victims from having to testify at trial, defense attorney Michael McKneely said.
Garrett was arrested April 30 after police pulled him over during a traffic stop near Cedar and Shields avenues.
Police say more than $15,000 was taken in the five bank robberies between Jan. 6 and April 23 this year. Garrett also admitted to robbing the Subway sandwich shop at First Street and Bullard Avenue on Feb. 13, 2011.