When one bank teller after another described the same holdup man, Police Sgt. Rob Robertson and his fellow officers had had enough. Last Friday, with on-duty and off-duty police officers, Robertson set up stakeouts of banks on his beat.
It appeared that the same man with straight hair combed back, a thick mustache and standing about 5 feet, 8 inches tall, had slipped a note demanding money to six different banks since Dec. 2 in northeast Santa Ana, getting away with almost $9,000, police say. The robber never showed a gun.
On Monday morning, police say, Robertson got his man. He arrested Victor Olea, 28, of Santa Ana on suspicion of bank robbery when he walked out of a Super 8 motel to get into a car with his girlfriend.
The girlfriend, her car and an exploded dye pack from a bag of bank bills led police to Olea, Robertson said.