A 49-year-old Carlsbad man was arrested Saturday in connection with a robbery series that spanned over three months, according to officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
Steven Craig Hart was taken into custody after Carlsbad police SWAT teams surrounded his home at about 12:30 a.m., said Darrell Foxworth, Special Agent with the FBI.
Foxworth said Hart was arrested after a multi-jurisdictional investigation was conducted into the “Dying Son Bandit” bank robberies, a series which to date has involved ten banks. Foxworth added that a recent tip helped lead investigators to Hart.
The "Dying Son" name came about because the suspect in the robberies would tell bank tellers that he was in need of money for his dying son. The suspect followed that up by telling the victims that he was armed with a handgun and would shoot them if they did not comply with his demands for money.
Seven robberies were completed and three were attempted, according to Foxworth. The banks included the following:
(*Note: These were attempted robberies)
Investigators have determined that the suspect's claims of a dying son were false.
Hart was booked into the Vista Detention Center and will remain in custody pending an arraignment date, Foxworth said.
Anyone with information about the robberies was asked to call the FBI at (858) 565-1255, or call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.