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Suspect in 'snowboarder bandit' bank robberies arrested

Snowboarder banditA suspect in a series of bank robberies attributed to the “snowboarder bandit” was arrested Friday by police and federal agents.

The bandit earned his nickname because he wore knit caps and sweaters and struck agents as having the general look of a snowboarder.

Michael B. Franks, 29, of Riverside is expected to remain in custody over the weekend and be charged next week, according to an FBI news release.

The joint investigation leading to Franks’ arrest involved law enforcement agencies in Orange, Riverside and Ventura counties.

No further details were available late Friday.

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Photo: Surveillance footage of the snowboarder bandit. Credit: FBI

 
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