Alleged 'Snowboarder Bandit' Arrested

Riverside man, 29, is accused in a string of bank robberies, including Corona del Mar, Lake Forest and Laguna Niguel.

A 29-year-old Riverside man was arrested Friday night on suspicion of being the "Snowboarder Bandit" bank robber, allegedly responsible for a string of heists in Orange, Riverside and Ventura counties.

Michael B. Franks will remain in custody over the weekend and was expected to be charged next week, Laura Eimiller of the FBI said.

Franks' arrest resulted from an ongoing investigation by the FBI and various local law enforcement agencies. He is suspected in at least , including heists in Corona del Mar, , , Laguna Hills and Irvine.

-- City News Service


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