Anaheim | Officers of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office have interrupted a robbery this morning in West Anaheim, arresting a man who was allegedly attempting to rob the same bank for the 11th time in less than two years.
57-year old Roger Martin, entered the Chase Bank branch around 9:00 AM, carrying what appeared to be an M16 rifle. He gave a note to a bank employee, asking for $50,000, like he had allegedly done on all previous robberies.
Unbeknownst to him, however, officers of the Sheriff’s office had been watching the site for the last two weeks and the robber walked right into a trap. Two undercover policemen were waiting for him inside, while their colleagues were maintaining a surveillance from nearby buildings.
Less than a minute after entering the bank, Mr Martin was neutralized and disarmed by the undercover policemen, who then proceeded to his arrest. The officers found 2 grams of crystal meth on his person, as well two concealed pistols.
“This is a clear message to all criminals in Orange County,” District Attorney, David M Hoovler, told reporters. “If you commit crimes i our jurisdiction, you will pay for it. This man thought that he was a criminal mastermind and that he could keep committing robberies without getting caught. I’m proud to say that we are smarter than he is, and that we caught him.”
Mr Martin is far from the first criminal to hit the same target on multiple occasions, but most of them still concentrated their efforts on more than one financial institution. According to a spokesman from the Orange County Sheriff’s office, Mr. Martin isn’t suspected of any other robberies targeting other banks, and seems to have concentrated all his efforts to this single site, robbing it eleven times since March 2013.
He is the first man in the history of the State of California, to be accused of robbing the same bank more than 5 times, beating a record which dated from the 19th century.
He now faces a total of 37 criminal charges, including armed robbery, illegal possession of an assault weapon, carrying a concealed weapon and possession illegal drugs. He is expected to appear in court next Monday, to register his plea.