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Serial armed robber to be sentenced

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Sentencing is scheduled Monday for an ex-con with a lengthy criminal history who pleaded guilty to carrying out a series of late-night armed robberies in City Heights, Normal Heights, North Park and University Heights.

Maurice Sinclair Gibbs, 46, faces a maximum of 160 years to life in prison, said Deputy District Attorney James Koerber. The defendant pleaded guilty Sept. 14 to multiple robbery counts.

The prosecutor said Gibbs -- dubbed the "Hood and Hose Bandit" because he wore a nylon stocking over his face during the holdups -- robbed five businesses, including a fast-food restaurant, a video store and several gas stations, between April 16 and May 16.

On May 17, police conducting a surveillance operation noticed Gibbs acting strangely and chased him, Koerber said. A fake gun and panty hose were found near the suspect when he was taken into custody, the prosecutor said.

Gibbs, who has been in prison five times, has a prior robbery conviction from 1998 and an attempted robbery conviction from 1995, according to a criminal complaint.

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