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'Backroom Bandit' pleads guilty to 20 counts of robbery

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8/CNS) -- The so-called "Backroom Bandit" pleaded guilty Thursday to 20 counts of robbery for holding up small businesses across San Diego County over a one-month period and threatening to shoot female employees if they didn't hand over cash.

Dragon Jones, 41, will be sentenced on Jan 25. Judge Kathleen Lewis told Jones he would be sentenced to no more than 16 years in state prison.

At Jones' arraignment last month, Deputy District Attorney Amy Maund told reporters that law enforcement gave Jones the nickname the "Backroom Bandit" because after each robbery, he would order a lone female employee to the back of the store and order her not to call police.

Jones told his victims that if they called police, "He'd be back," Maund said.

Jones robbed 20 yogurt, ice cream and lingerie shops and Hallmark and hair and beauty supply and Hallmark stores in Poway, La Mesa, San Diego, El Cajon, Chula Vista, National City and Lemon Grove from Sept. 25 through Oct. 29, Maund said.

Jones would enter a business that usually had one female working and ordered her to open the cash register, displaying what was believed to be a gun, Maund said.

If the victim hesitated to hand over the money, Jones would threaten to shoot her, Maund said.

In each robbery, Jones got away with under $100 to $200. A fingerprint left at a crime scene led authorities to Jones, Maund said.

Jones was arrested Oct. 31 as he tried to come back into the United States from Mexico at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, Maund said.

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