SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man suspected of carrying out a dozen bank robberies in California and Nevada over the last year -- half of them in San Diego -- was behind bars Tuesday, authorities reported.
Scott James Larson, 43, was arrested Monday at FBI headquarters in San Diego, where he had gone to surrender after learning that he was wanted by law enforcement in connection with the spree of heists committed by a thief dubbed the "Mr. Magoo Bandit" by investigators, according to the federal agency.
The holdup series began last November and continued until 10 days ago. The perpetrator, whose balding pate and thick glasses led to his cartoon-character nickname, never attempted to disguise himself during his crimes, had a casual demeanor and sometimes thanked his victims after they turned over cash.
Locally, the crook robbed a Wells Fargo office in the 1300 block of Fashion Valley Road on Nov. 23 and June 6; a US Bank branch in the 1300 block of Rosecrans Street on July 12 and Aug. 10; and another US Bank office in the 3200 block of University Avenue on July 27 and Sept. 7.
Additionally, the bandit struck at two banks in Ventura County, three in the San Francisco Bay Area and one in Henderson, Nev., the FBI reported.
According to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court, Larson confessed to at least one of the robberies.
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