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FBI Arrests Suspect in “Hipster Bandit” Bank Robbery Series

ByGeorge Bao

Jul 16, 2016

By George Bao    July 15, 2016

LOS ANGELES – The Year long investigation conducted in the “Hipster Bandit” bank robbery series in Southern California has resulted in the arrest of William Conn Robertson II, age 27, of San Diego, The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced Thursday.

Robertson was arrested earlier Thursday morning in the 3300 block of Ruffin Road by FBI Agents and San Diego Police Department (SDPD) detectives after receiving a tip from an anonymous individual.

On this same date, FBI Agents and SDPD Detectives served a federal search warrant at Robertson’s residence. Based upon the investigation and evidence located at the residence, a federal complaint was filed charging William Conn Robertson with one count of Title 18, United States Code §2113(a) – Bank Robbery, relating to the November 2, 2015 robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank located at 10675 Scripps Poway Parkway, San Diego, California.

On Thursday, July 14, 2016, Robertson had his initial appearance before a U.S. Magistrate Judge. Following his appearance, Robertson was returned to the custody of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC).

On July 8, 2016, the FBI issued a news release announcing a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the “Hipster Bandit.” The public was requested to call the FBI or Crime Stoppers with any information regarding this individual.

According to the complaint, on July 9, 2016, Crime Stoppers received a tip from an anonymous individual, indicating that “Conn Robertson” was the Hipster Bandit who had been robbing banks in the area for a year.

The tip also provided a description and a possible location. Subsequent investigation led to the application and approval of a federal search warrant followed by a federal complaint charging Robertson with one count of bank robbery.

Investigation into the “Hipster Bandit” bank robbery series is ongoing. The FBI and the law enforcement partners requests anyone with information concerning the “Hipster Bandit” bank robbery series to contact the FBI at telephone number (858)320-1800 or Crime Stoppers at (888)580-8477.

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