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'Puffy Coat Bandit' suspect indicted for seven bank robberies

A federal grand jury has indicted a 46-year-old parolee known as the "Puffy Coat Bandit" for seven bank robberies across Southern California.

Steven Dwayne Paulson was arrested Jan. 10 by an Upland police detective who spotted him driving shortly after authorities released a description of the "Puffy Coat Bandit," the Press-Enterprise reported.

The nickname was created by FBI agents because of a ski parka worn by the robber in several heists.

The robberies began Dec. 20 in Chino. According to the indictment, Paulson is also suspected of bank robberies in Corona, Lake Elsinore, Glendora, Cerritos and Rancho Cucamonga.

Paulson, of Pomona, is alleged to have hit his latest bank Jan. 9.


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