Federal agents arrested a retired Pasadena police officer Wednesday morning in connection with a recent La Habra bank robbery, and agents are investigating any link to a string of similar robberies attributed to "the Polite Bandit," authorities said.
Vincent Cantu, 44, of Whittier was arrested at 9 a.m. in his car near his Whittier home, said Laura Eimiller, an FBI spokeswoman. Authorities later searched his home.
Cantu was in federal custody Wednesday afternoon at Santa Ana Jail awaiting a court appearance in U.S. District Court, Eimiller said.
La Habra police arrested Cantu on suspicion of robbery Aug. 15 and released him the next day on bond. That arrest came after police spotted him driving from Banco Popular on Whittier Boulevard after a holdup there, said La Habra police spokeswoman Cindy Knapp. She said his silver Toyota FJ Cruiser fit the description of the robber's vehicle.