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OC officials arrest '100's and Armed' bandit

June 10, 2010 12:17:35 AM PDT
Police have arrested three men, including the so-called "100's and Armed" bandit. The three are believed to be responsible for a series of bank and gas station robberies in the Orange County area.The "100's and Armed" bandit got his nickname because he would always tell bank tellers he wanted $100 bills and was armed with a weapon. The robberies took place in Yorba Linda, Tustin, Orange, Fullerton, and Santa Ana.

The prime suspect was arrested by Orange and Fullerton Police detectives at his Cherry Street home in the City of Brea on June 7. Two alleged accomplices were arrested earlier the same evening in Long Beach.

Video surveillance from a robbery at a gas station in Orange showed the suspect vehicle, a VW Jetta. Detectives were able to make out a partial license plate and found a matching vehicle through DMV records.

The arrest of the accomplices led to the Brea home of Erik Holland. Holland was detained and subsequently identified as the "100's and Armed" bandit responsible for at least five bank robberies in Orange County.

The alleged accomplices are identified as Jacob Smith and Conor Verdun. Investigators say they found a replica handgun in Holland's home.

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