‘Bolt Bandit' Sentenced to Prison for Series of Armed Robberies

A San Diego man will spend years behind bars for a series of armed robberies credited to a thief nicknamed the "Bolt Bandit." 

Ronald Perez, 67, admitted he robbed or tried to rob five convenience stores in a 12-day period in November.

On Monday, Perez was sentenced to 14 years and four months in state prison for his crimes. 

Surveillance video captured the first Arco robbery on Nov. 22, 2017, when a man entered the gas station with his face covered. The man pointed a gun at the cashier and demanded money. 

Police say the same robbery suspect returned three days later, demanding money from an attendant at gunpoint. A customer entered the store at that moment, scaring the suspect away. 

The charges include robberies or attempted robberies at a Subway on Balboa Avenue on Nov. 14, a 7-Eleven on W. Washington Street on Nov. 20, an AM/PM on Balboa Avenue on Nov. 25 and an AM/PM store on Morena Boulevard on both Nov. 22 and Nov. 25.

Investigators said in all five incidents, the suspect wore a stocking cap with a lightning bolt emblem so they dubbed the man the bolt bandit.

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