“Salt and Pepper Bandit” suspect captured

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Officials captured a man suspected of robbing or attempting to rob 17 Southern California banks in four weeks , inlcuding one in Covina, Wednesday, authorities said.
Brian Keith Robinson, 49, was arrested without incident at his Los Angeles home, FBI officials said in a written statement.
Robinson has been given the moniker, “the Salt and Pepper Bandit,” because of his graying hair.
Robinson is suspected in a series of bank heists dating back to Jan. 5 in Covina, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Encino, Seal Beach, Beverly Hills, Glendale and Manhattan Beach, officials said.
Robinson allegedly passed a demand note to tellers and threatened to start shooting if his demands for cash were not met, officials said.
Robinson was first identified as a suspect in the Salt and Pepper Bandit robberies on Jan. 10, the FBI statement said, however he allegedly continued robbing banks, officials said.
He was located and arrested after photographs and the suspect’s name were released to the public, officials added.
Robinson, who officials said is being charged federally, is due to make his first appearance before a United States magistrate in the United States District Court in Downtown Los Angeles Friday.

*Photo courtesy of the FBI

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