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Jury selection begins in takeover-style bank robberies

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday for the trial of a man, charged with three others, in a series of takeover-style bank robberies that netted a group of masked bandits $293,000.

Tranes Goins, 29, is charged in the robberies that took place between September 2008 and January 2009.

Terry Mixon, 25, and Jeremy Gibbs, 23, will be tried later.

A fourth defendant, Thaddeus Williams, was convicted of being the getaway driver in three of the holdups and was sentenced to 14 years and four months in state prison.

Deputy District Attorney Allen Brown said during Williams' trial that a group of four -- and in one case five men -- committed takeover-style holdups in which they entered the banks with guns drawn, jumped the counter and ordered the manager to open the vault.

Brown told the jury that on Sept. 30, 2008, three suspects jumped out of a car and robbed a U.S. Bank branch in Del Mar of $136,807.

The robbers wore masks, athletic gloves and at least two of them had guns, the prosecutor said. Pepper spray was used on people who were ordered to the ground even though they were compliant, Brown said. The robbers jumped into a waiting car and got away.

On Dec. 1, 2008, Brown said, four suspects got out of a different car and robbed a Pacific Western bank in Rancho Bernardo of more than $25,500.

The robbers got away, but money stained with red dye from a bank dye pack and a 32-caliber gun were found outside the bank.

On Dec. 13, 2008, a group of men rushed into a Wells Fargo bank in El Cajon and got away with nearly $13,000.

No getaway car was seen, but an officer saw the men running from the bank and identified Williams as one of them, according to Brown.

On Dec. 22, 2008, four men wearing hooded sweatshirts rushed into a U.S. Bank branch in San Marcos and got away with about $103,000.

No getaway car was seen, but a police officer looking in the area found an abandoned white Infiniti seen in the second bank robbery in Rancho Bernardo, according to Brown, who said red dye was found in the back seat of the car.

On Jan. 24, 2009, three robbers entered a Bank of America branch in Del Cerro and got away with more than $13,000.

No getaway car was seen, but bank officials were able to put a tracking device in with the stolen money, and police 20 minutes later arrested the four defendants in two separate cars in El Cajon, where Williams lived, Brown said.

One of the getaway cars belonged to Williams' girlfriend at the time, the prosecutor said.

Inside one of the cars, police found a backpack with $13,266 inside, two guns, pepper spray and masks.

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