Arrest made in ‘Hipster Bandit’ robbery series

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The FBI and the San Diego Police Department announced the arrest Thursday of William Conn Robertson II, also known as the "Hipster Bandit."

Robertson, 27, was arrested as a result of the year long investigation conducted in the “Hipster Bandit” bank robbery series. Robertson was arrested earlier Thursday morning in the 3300 block of Ruffin Road by FBI Agents and SDPD Detectives.

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. The federal case number is 16MJ2061.

On Thursday, July 14, 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).

By way of background, 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 our 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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