Alleged ‘Puffy Coat Bandit’ Indicted For 7 Bank Heists

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A parolee dubbed the “Puffy Coat Bandit” has been indicted by a federal grand jury for seven bank heists in Southern California.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller says 46-year-old Steven Dwayne Paulson was indicted Wednesday for the three-week robbery spree that ended on Jan. 9.

The robber got his nickname because of a puffy ski parka he wore in at least one of the robberies.

An Upland police detective spotted a vehicle matching the description of the bank robber’s car and Paulson was arrested on Jan. 10.

The heists began on Dec. 20 in Chino. The indictment says Paulson is also suspected of bank robberies in Corona, Lake Elsinore, Glendora, Cerritos and Rancho Cucamonga.

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