Snowboarder Bandit Pleads Guilty to Robbery

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on March 8, 2014 · 0 comments

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robbery defense santa anaA Riverside man who made the FBI’s most wanted list pleaded guilty to four counts of robbery and two counts of attempted robbery in court earlier this month.

Michael Franks started his spree in 2012, robbing two banks on the same day. He hit three more banks before the end of the year, getting away with more than $15,000 in total. He will be sentenced March 14. In November 2013, he pleaded guilty to 10 other counts for robberies in Orange County in which he got away with over $30,000.

He was nicknamed the “snowboarder bandit” because he wore a beanie and sweater in his first few robberies. In subsequent robberies, he wore a large motorcycle helmet or glasses and a baseball hat.

Surveillance video helped authorities identify Franks, who made it onto the FBI’s most-wanted list for Southern California criminals. Franks was arrested at his home in May 2012.

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