FBI: California’s ‘Mr. Magoo Bandit’ Arrested

SAN DIEGO (CBS / AP) — The FBI has arrested a man suspected in 12 “Mr. Magoo” bank robberies in California and Nevada.

San Diego Special Agent Keith Slotter says 43-year-old Scott James Larson voluntarily surrendered to FBI agents Monday in San Diego after he learned he was being sought in a serial bank robbery investigation.

Slotter said Larson’s balding head and thick glasses earned him the nickname “Mr. Magoo Bandit” because of a resemblance to the 1960s cartoon character.

According to a complaint filed in San Diego federal court, Larson confessed in his initial interview to robbing a US Bank in San Diego on Sept. 7.

Six of the robberies were in the San Diego area, three were in the San Francisco Bay Area, two were in Ventura County and one was in Henderson, Nevada.

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  • Ben Dover

    Sounds like he was wanting to get arrested. He was probably frustrated that it took so long for the police to find him. I mean, after the first robbery why did he not take some of the money to at least buy a ski mask or a Halloween mask?

  • Dixie

    He seems like a sad man and believes prison is the only way out. A place where he has everything taken care of for him and not a worry in the world. However in about five years he will be released, then what?

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