Defendant Admits He’s the Bearded Bandit

With a thick growth of whiskers covering his face, the robber entered a Wells Fargo Bank in San Diego, California, on October 7, 2014, and presented a bank employee with a note that contained the following: “I know your training. No dye packs. No GPS devices. I want $4,567. Hurry cause I’m not waiting all day.”

The bearded one then took approximately $1,419 from the employee and left the bank.

He followed up with a robbery a week later at a Chase Bank in Vista, California. During the robbery, the bandit handed a bank employee this note: “I know your training. I want $4,788 in 15 seconds. No dye packs or GPS devices.”

He got approximately $2,240 from the employee and fled.

The Bearded Bandit was clean shaven for his third and final bank heist, which occurred at a Chase Bank in Vista, on November 6, 2014. During the robbery, a note was passed to a bank employee. “Don’t be stupid and press any buttons. I know your training so just cooperate. I want $4,000 and no GPS devices or dye packs. No fake bills. I’m counting to 30.”

He took approximately $4,000 from the employee before fleeing.

In the course of an investigation, the FBI learned that Christopher Andrew Gibson, 26, committed the first bank robbery within hours of being released from the George Bailey Detention Facility, where he was held on unrelated charges.

Gibson pleaded guilty to robbing three banks of more than $7,600. He is scheduled for sentencing in July 2015.

Female Bank Robber Facing Federal Charge

On the morning of March 13, 2015, the Prosperity Bank on University Avenue in Lubbock, Texas, was robbed by a female wearing a white knit shirt, blue jeans and sunglasses.

The robber approached one of the tellers and placed a straw woven purse on top of the counter. She then stated, “I don’t want to freak anybody out, but my dad is waiting and if we don’t fill this up with all your money, then there are bombs and this will all blow up.”

In response, the teller placed cash from her till into the bag. The robber then left the bank.

Following the robbery, an image of the bank robber, taken from video surveillance at the bank, was released to the media. An employee of a Lubbock motorcycle shop saw the released image that afternoon. Less than an hour later, a woman entered the shop and the employee called the Lubbock Police Department

Officers sent to the scene arrested Starlene Delacruz, 31, of Lubbock, who has been charged with bank robbery. If convicted, Delacruz faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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