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* Scott James Larson dubbed the Mr. Magoo Bandit surrendered to FBI agents in San Diego

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An arrest has been made in connection with a series of bank robberies throughout California committed by a man law enforcement officials have dubbed the “Mr. Magoo Bandit.” Scott James Larson, 43, voluntarily surrendered to FBI agents in San Diego after he was advised that he was being sought by law enforcement in connection with a series of bank robberies, FBI officials said Tuesday.

FBI officials said Larson confessed to robbing a U.S. Bank in San Diego on Sept. 7. The U.S. Bank robbery is one of 12 heists FBI officials believe were committed by the Mr. Magoo Bandit. The bandit was linked to three bank robberies in the Bay Area. The first occurred at the U.S. Bank at 1711 Grant Ave. in Novato on Aug. 29, followed by a heist at a Chase Bank at 101 McLellan Drive in South San Francisco on Sept. 17, and a Chase Bank at 255 King St. in San Francisco, FBI officials said.

Six of the robberies occurred in San Diego, and one each occurred in Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, and Henderson, Nev. The bandit has been described as a white man in his 40s, weighing about 200 pounds with a medium build. He is bald, with short dirty blond hair and wears prescription glasses. He makes no attempt to disguise himself has a calm demeanor, according to the FBI. he suspect uses a note to demand cash from tellers and, in some instances, has even thanked his victims, law officials said.

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