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'Skateboard bandit' guilty of robbing banks in California, Oregon

August 23, 2011 |  1:17 pm

A bank robber nicknamed the "skateboard bandit" has pleaded guilty to heists across California and Oregon.

Jared Sung Yoon Herdt, 30, of Sacramento, entered his plea in federal court in Sacramento on Monday and will be sentenced in November.

Herdt received his nickname from a Sacramento crime task force because tellers reported he sometimes fled by skateboard to a getaway vehicle.

A stolen vehicle recovered in Sunnyvale, Calif., led to Herdt's arrest. Authorities recovered $4,900 in cash, a loaded 9-millimeter semi-automatic pistol, a skateboard and a receipt from a dentist in Oregon.

The dentist positively identified surveillance photos of the bank robber as Herdt.

He faces up to 100 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $1.25 million.

He was convicted of robbing five banks in 2009: Wells Fargo branches in Modesto, the Sacramento area, San Jose and Santa Clara and a Bank of America in Oregon.

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