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Streak Ends at 17 for "Salt and Pepper" Bandit


By Lookout Staff

February 20 -- The "Salt & Pepper" bandit – who is linked to 17 robberies over the past month and a half, two of them in Santa Monica – was arrested Wednesday, FBI officials said.

Brian Keith Robinson, 49, of Los Angeles, who was given the moniker for his graying hair, had been captured on surveillance cameras, his image beamed repeatedly on newscasts across the Southland.

And it was that media exposure that generated the viewer tips that led to his arrest Wednesday at an unidentified residence in South Los Angeles, FBI agents said.

Robinson managed to continue on his spree, sometimes hitting the same bank twice, even after he was identified as the suspect of a bank robbery in Seal Beach January 10.

His first strike in Santa Monica took place on January 5 at the U.S. Bank at 3302 Pico Boulevard, according to Santa Monica Police. Three days later, he hit the Union Bank at 2001 Wilshire Boulevard.

The spree continued into February, when he is believed to have robbed the same Beverlywood bank twice in four days.

Robinson, who usually wore a two-tone reversible black and gray jacket and has a moustache and goatee, normally struck in the middle of the day, authorities said.

The robber would pass a note to the bank teller demanding cash, sometimes placing his hand on his waistband as if he has a gun, police said. He would threaten to start shooting if his demands weren’t met.

Usually, he made his getaway in a gold-colored 1990s Toyota Corolla, authorities said.

According to reports, Robinson had been convicted of bank robbery and moved to Los Angeles from Arkansas about two months ago.

In addition to the FBI, several agencies worked on the case, including the police departments in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Seal Beach, Covina, Beverly Hills, Glendale and Manhattan Beach.

Robinson is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles Friday.





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