May 30, 2014 at 1:00 am

Man charged in Clawson bank robbery also accused in St. Louis credit union robbery

Pickett (St. Louis Police Department)

Detroit — A man accused of robbing a Clawson bank Wednesday said he spent some of the cash making a down payment on drugs, according to federal court records.

Clawson resident Matthew Alan Pickett, 39, was charged Friday in federal court with bank robbery, two days after the FBI says he robbed the Key Bank on W. 14 Mile. He fled with an unspecified amount of money, according to a criminal complaint.

Investigators say he handed a teller a note that read “Do not talk I have a gun put the money on the counter. No bait bills. I don’t want to hurt anyone but I will. I am dying anyways. Hurry up!!!.”

During a search of the neighborhood, investigators talked to a resident who knew Pickett and said he asked her for a ride shortly after the 1:48 p.m. robbery, according to the complaint.

He ran away when a Clawson police car drove past her home. But he left behind a sweatshirt that matched one worn by the bank robber, according to bank surveillance photos.

On Thursday, a Southfield police officer spotted Pickett near Eight Mile and Interstate 75 in Warren and he was arrested.

During a police interview, Pickett admitted robbing the Clawson bank and a credit union in St. Louis, Mo., in December, according to authorities. He was charged in the St. Louis case but failed to appear for court hearings, according to court records.

“Pickett also admitted to being a drug addict,” an FBI special agent wrote in the complaint.

Pickett told investigators he spent most of the money from the Clawson bank robbery on drugs and gave some cash to drug dealers as a down payment “for future drug use,” the agent wrote.

The agent recovered $611 from Pickett, most of which was left over from the Clawson bank robbery, according to court records.

If convicted of the Clawson robbery, Pickett faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

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