A man who allegedly robbed 17 Los Angeles area banks earlier this year, including two in Santa Monica, was arrested by FBI agents February 18th.
Brian Keith Robinson, 49, of Los Angeles, dubbed the “Salt and Pepper Bank Bandit” by police, was taken into custody without incident at a residence in Los Angeles, said Salvador Hernandez, assistant director of the FBI in Los Angeles.
FBI agents and multiple police departments in and around Los Angeles have been investigating the bank robberies linked to the alleged serial bandit, who received the “Salt and Pepper” moniker from police due to the color of his hair.
The suspect is wanted in connection to 17 bank robberies in multiple cities since January 5th, an FBI spokesperson said. Two of the robberies occurred at bank branches in Santa Monica — the U.S. Bank on January 5th and Washington Mutual on January 17th, police said.
During the robberies, the suspect gave verbal demands for cash and passed a note when he approached the teller’s window, police said.
After a Seal Beach bank robbery January 10th, detectives with the Seal Beach Police Department said they developed information and identified Robinson as the possible suspect wanted in the series of robberies. But Robinson allegedly continued to rob banks and elude FBI agents and police for several weeks.
Photographs and the possible identification of the subject were released to the public, resulting in several leads, including one which led to Robinson’s location and subsequent arrest, according to the FBI.
The case investigation involved the FBI and police departments in Los Angeles, Seal Beach, Santa Monica, Covina, Beverly Hills, Glendale and Manhattan Beach.