GOSHEN — An Elkhart man pleaded guilty to seven charges related to three cases Thursday, Oct. 17, in Elkhart’s Circuit Court.
Edward Wing, 40, pleaded guilty to five counts of forgery, one count of robbery while armed with a deadly weapon and robbery.
He agreed to a sentence of 36 years in prison.
Wing was arrested in Cass County, Mich., for a series of robberies in which he was developed as a suspect.
The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, the Elkhart Police Department, the Cass County Sheriff’s Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation worked together because of a series of robberies that involved similar methods of operation.
In Elkhart County, Wing admitted to entering a Mutual Bank on Sept. 24 and handing a note to one of the workers asking for money. He lifted his shirt, showing a gun tucked in his pants.
Later when he was interviewed by police, Wing denied having a real gun.
Police were also investigating a case of forgery. Wing had handed five forged personal checks for sums between $275 and $800 to a Key Bank.
During his interview with police, Wing admitted to taking checks from his parents’ home and forging his mother’s signature before attempting to cash them at Key Bank.
Wing also admitted to robbing a Chase Bank in Elkhart. According to the probable cause affidavit for Wing’s arrest, he entered the bank and handed a note to an employee, asking her to give him all the money and saying he had a gun.
The employee told police she had not seen the gun. She saw the suspect holding his hand near his waistline as if he had one.
As with the incident at Mutual Bank, police found the robbery at Chase Bank had similar methods of operation to others in the area.
Wing was transferred to the Elkhart County Jail under temporary custody while his cases were processed here.
After his sentencing hearing, Wing will be taken back to the Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Iona, Mich., where he faces other charges.
Wing’s sentencing hearing was scheduled for Nov. 14 at 8:30 a.m.