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Not guilty plea from "Be Cool Bandit"

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The alleged "Be Cool Bandit," who is accused of carrying out 10 armed heists since May, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to multiple robbery charges.

Elvin Vincent Foster Jr., 45, was ordered held on $750,000 bail.

Deputy District Attorney James Koerber told Judge David Szumowski that Foster would enter gas stations and convenience stores and display what looked like a semi-automatic weapon.

The robber was given the "Be Cool" moniker because he spoke those words to one of his victims, Koerber said.

The prosecutor said the robberies took place between May 3 and July 23 in San Diego, El Cajon and National City.

DNA and fingerprint evidence taken from some of the crime scenes led them to Foster, and several items that allegedly connect him to some of the robberies were recovered after his arrest.

Koerber said Foster has an extensive criminal record dating back to 1981, including convictions for robbery and attempted robbery.

The defendant was out on bail on a grand theft case in El Cajon when he allegedly committed the recent series of robberies, Koerber said.

Foster, who faces up to 260 years to life if convicted, will be back in court Aug. 1 for a status conference.

THIS IS AN UPDATE TO THE PREVIOUS STORY BELOW.

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man suspected of being the "Be Cool Bandit" who carried out 10 armed robberies since May was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at the courthouse in downtown San Diego.

Elvin Vincent Foster Jr., 45, is charged with 10 felony counts of robbery and 10 felony counts of second-degree burglary, according to jail records. He was booked into San Diego Central Jail in lieu of $1.25 million.

Foster was arrested Monday by National City police. Authorities said DNA and fingerprint evidence taken from some of the crime scenes led them to Foster, and several items that connect Foster to some of the robberies were recovered after the arrest.

The robberies were carried out between May 3 and last Sunday at gas stations, convenience stores and restaurants in San Diego, El Cajon and National City, according to police.

Authorities said the robber was given the "Be Cool" moniker because he spoke those words to one of his victims. The bandit's weapon of choice was a black semi-automatic handgun.

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