“Chubby Bandit” bank robbery suspect arrested

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A 27-year-old man suspected of being the “Chubby Bandit” is behind bars for allegedly robbing a pharmacy and five banks in just over a week and an attempt to rob a sixth, law enforcement officials said.

Aaron Alan Hyman was arrested in connection with the “Chubby Bandit” series Saturday in the vicinity of state Route 78 and El Camino Real, according to the FBI.

The heavy-set man dubbed the “Chubby Bandit” first struck on Oct. 9, holding up a US Bank branch in Poway, according to the FBI. He then allegedly robbed a CVS Pharmacy in San Marcos the following day, a Chase Bank branch in Carlsbad on Oct. 11 and attempted to rob another Chase Bank branch in Solana Beach on Oct. 13.

On Monday, the bandit allegedly robbed a Wells Fargo Bank branch in Encinitas, on Tuesday, a US Bank branch in Carlsbad and on Thursday, a Wells Fargo Bank in San Diego.

In all the robberies, the bandit used a demand note and said he had a gun, officials said.

Surveillance photos from the string of robberies was made public last week and a sheriff's deputy subsequently identified Hyman as a suspect, the FBI said. Carlsbad police also independently identified Hyman.

Hyman was arrested by Carlsbad police, who investigated the series of crimes along with San Diego police, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and the FBI.

He was being held at the Vista Detention Facility on $100,000 bail and was scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to jail records.

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