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October 23, 1999 | Associated Press
Two Camp Pendleton Marines are suspected in a series of West Coast bank robberies since going absent without leave in June, including hitting a Palo Alto branch twice, according to the FBI. Lance Cpls. Benjamin Michael Johns, 23, and Nicholas Paul Hills, 21, were assigned to the base for two years. They are accused of embarking on a crime spree that authorities believe includes six bank robberies from California to Washington. Most of the robberies were at Bank of America branches.
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October 6, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal grand jury has indicted a Costa Mesa man on murder, bank robbery, racketeering and assault charges in connection with a crime spree across California, according to an indictment unsealed this week. Ten others also were indicted in the case. Authorities say Anh The Duong, 26, is the ringleader of a gang that netted as much as $7.8 million from robbing jewelry stores, computer component manufacturers, supermarkets and banks.
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August 23, 2000 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like so many other multi-tasking Californians, James Joseph Lizotte bides his time in line at the bank by chatting on his cell phone. What makes Lizotte unusual, FBI officials alleged Tuesday, is that he robs the bank once he gets to the front of the line. Sometimes, authorities said, Lizotte hits up more than one teller at once, slamming his gun on the counter to show he means business.
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June 3, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A lone female bank robber held up a Wells Fargo branch in this Santa Barbara suburb Saturday morning, escaping with an undisclosed amount of money, authorities said. Shortly before 10 a.m., the woman handed a teller a note demanding money. She placed the money into a dark bag or backpack and left, Santa Barbara sheriff's deputies said. Witnesses said the robber appeared to be in her 30s, about 5-foot-6 and weighing about 130 pounds. She wore her "dirty" blond hair in a ponytail.
NEWS
November 6, 1987
A dubious-distinction record is about to be set in Kern County. When a First Interstate Bank branch in southwest Bakersfield was held up this week by a bandit who escaped with an undetermined amount of cash, it was the 29th bank robbery in the county this year. That equaled the record for bank robberies in the county in all of 1986. Police and sheriff's deputies said 28 of this year's bank heists have been in Bakersfield, and the other one was in Ridgecrest.
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March 11, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
Experts safely removed and detonated two bombs designed as booby traps that were placed outside a bank by extortionists, Fresno police said. Bank of Fresno officials reported receiving a note Friday morning saying the bombs would be detonated unless an undisclosed sum of money was delivered to a particular location, said Sgt. Bob Fry. "We're treating it as an extortion, not just a threat," Fry said. Authorities evacuated nearby businesses and residences during the six-hour incident.
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March 7, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Citing unnamed sources, the San Francisco Examiner reported that Sacramento-area authorities have renewed the investigation of a 1975 bank robbery by the Symbionese Liberation Army in which a customer was killed. According to the newspaper, the apparent target is former SLA member Emily Harris, now a computer analyst in Los Angeles.
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November 14, 1987 | From a Times Staff Writer
A gunman took two employees of a Wells Fargo bank prisoner Friday morning, stuffed a duffel bag with about $130,000 and escaped before authorities arrived, Santa Barbara police said. After authorities had freed both employees, who were uninjured, they stormed the bank because they believed that the gunman was still inside. But a police SWAT team and a squad of FBI agents discovered the bank empty and the back door unlocked.
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February 28, 1989 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court, pondering one of the new tactics devised by cities to crack down on sexually oriented businesses, said Monday it would decide whether adult bookstores and theaters can be required to obtain operating licenses that can be denied or revoked on an assortment of grounds. In recent years, many cities have used zoning laws to move X-rated businesses away from residential areas and business centers, a tactic upheld by the Supreme Court three years ago.
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October 30, 1999 | Associated Press
One of two Camp Pendleton Marines wanted in connection with six bank robberies in three states was arrested Friday in Idaho on suspicion of drunk driving, an FBI spokeswoman said. Authorities believe Benjamin Michael Johns, 23, of Colorado Springs, Colo., took the lead role in robberies that he and Nicholas Paul Hills, 21, are wanted for in California, Oregon and Washington. Hills was arrested Wednesday. Johns was arrested in Mountain Home, Idaho, about 1:30 a.m.
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August 23, 2000 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like so many other multi-tasking Californians, James Joseph Lizotte bides his time in line at the bank by chatting on his cell phone. What makes Lizotte unusual, FBI officials alleged Tuesday, is that he robs the bank once he gets to the front of the line. Sometimes, authorities said, Lizotte hits up more than one teller at once, slamming his gun on the counter to show he means business.
NEWS
October 30, 1999 | Associated Press
One of two Camp Pendleton Marines wanted in connection with six bank robberies in three states was arrested Friday in Idaho on suspicion of drunk driving, an FBI spokeswoman said. Authorities believe Benjamin Michael Johns, 23, of Colorado Springs, Colo., took the lead role in robberies that he and Nicholas Paul Hills, 21, are wanted for in California, Oregon and Washington. Hills was arrested Wednesday. Johns was arrested in Mountain Home, Idaho, about 1:30 a.m.
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October 23, 1999 | Associated Press
Two Camp Pendleton Marines are suspected in a series of West Coast bank robberies since going absent without leave in June, including hitting a Palo Alto branch twice, according to the FBI. Lance Cpls. Benjamin Michael Johns, 23, and Nicholas Paul Hills, 21, were assigned to the base for two years. They are accused of embarking on a crime spree that authorities believe includes six bank robberies from California to Washington. Most of the robberies were at Bank of America branches.
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June 13, 1998 | STEVE CARNEY
The two men arrested in connection with a bank robbery Thursday have been identified as Las Vegas residents suspected in five previous heists in California and Oregon, including one at the same bank a month earlier, Anaheim police said. After the 5 p.m. robbery at Fullerton Savings Bank in the 2300 block of East Lincoln Avenue, witnesses directed police to a nearby home where they said the robbers had fled. There, officers found and arrested Donald R. Kendrick, 46, and Russell E.
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September 8, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A prolific bank robber known as "the Shootist" pleaded guilty Wednesday to committing one armed robbery and agreed to admit to four others. Johnny Madison Williams Jr., 43, and his wife, Carolyn Marie Williams, 34, are suspected of taking more than $750,000 in 56 banks robberies over eight years in California, Washington and Texas. Among the crimes were robberies in Irvine, Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano and Mission Viejo.
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December 6, 1991 | From a Times Staff Writer
An FBI special weapons team flushed a heavily armed man from an Oxnard motel room early Thursday morning and arrested him on suspicion of robbing a dozen banks from Orange County to San Francisco. The suspect, Jaime Enrique Wheelock, 60, of Los Angeles, had been the target of an 18-month manhunt as he allegedly went on a robbery rampage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A lone female bank robber held up a Wells Fargo branch in this Santa Barbara suburb Saturday morning, escaping with an undisclosed amount of money, authorities said. Shortly before 10 a.m., the woman handed a teller a note demanding money. She placed the money into a dark bag or backpack and left, Santa Barbara sheriff's deputies said. Witnesses said the robber appeared to be in her 30s, about 5-foot-6 and weighing about 130 pounds. She wore her "dirty" blond hair in a ponytail.
NEWS
November 19, 1991 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since their creation 20 years ago, automated teller machines have been a bandit's dream--a source of fast cash and easy getaways. But in recent months, several highly publicized ATM robberies have prompted worries that customers of the proliferating machines are becoming increasingly attractive targets. "It is the crime of the '90s," said state Sen. Charles M. Calderon (D-Whittier), a crusader for better ATM safety measures. "The problem is much worse than we've ever imagined."
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March 11, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
Experts safely removed and detonated two bombs designed as booby traps that were placed outside a bank by extortionists, Fresno police said. Bank of Fresno officials reported receiving a note Friday morning saying the bombs would be detonated unless an undisclosed sum of money was delivered to a particular location, said Sgt. Bob Fry. "We're treating it as an extortion, not just a threat," Fry said. Authorities evacuated nearby businesses and residences during the six-hour incident.
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