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Dec 24, 2009 11:14 AM by Stacy Daniel

Red Sharpie Bandit arrested with help from local citizen

A suspected serial bank robber is arrested in Santa Barbara.
Forty-four year-old, Anthony Frisco was taken into custody after investigators received a tip from a Santa Barbara resident.
Frisco is accused of robbing at least 15 banks in San Luis Obispo and Orange counties.
Investigators dubbed him, the "Red Sharpie Bandit", because they say, he used a red magic marker during his robberies.
Frisco is expected to be charged with four counts of armed robbery for those bank heists in San Luis Obispo county.
Photographs taken from the banks surveillance cameras helped investigators put the suspected "Red Sharpie Bandit" behind bars.
Detective Sergeant Tom Portz of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department says,"Mr. Frisco was identified as our suspect as well as the suspect in the other robberies and then with the assistance of the Santa Barbara Police Department we all placed him into custody down there in Santa Barbara."
Arrested in Santa Barbara, Frisco was transported to San Luis Obispo county because investigators say they have evidence he robbed four banks there.
Detectives say, a man fitting the description of the "Red Sharpie Bandit" robbed the Rabobank in Pismo Beach on September 1st, the Chase bank on Chorro street in San Luis Obispo on October 27th, the Wells Fargo inside the Von's grocery store on Broad street on December 14th and then, later that same day, investigators say, the "Red Sharpie Bandit" struck again, robbing the Wells Fargo on Tefft street in Nipomo.
Detective Sergeant Tom Portz of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department says,"A lot of robbers tend to keep doing the crime because they keep getting money each time and in each case, every time they commit another crime, that's another step closer to placing them in custody."
Frisco is also suspected of committing at least 11 other, similar style armed robberies in Orange county.
While detectives there finish investigating those crimes, Frisco sits in the San Luis Obispo County Jail awaiting charges.
Frisco is being held on a half-a-million million dollars bail at the San Luis Obispo County Jail.


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