Cops: ‘Tactical Takeover Bandits’ Caught

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An alarm alerted San Diego police officers to a robbery taking place inside a Bank of America in San Carlos Saturday.

Officers standing by on the highway stopped two suspect vehicles and arrested four men moments after the robbery.

On Monday, San Diego robbery investigators announced they believe these men may be the so-called Tactical Takeover Bandits. The group is believed to be responsible for a series of robberies starting September 30, 2008 in Escondido, San Marcos, El Cajon and five places in San Diego.

"In all of the cases, it was a takeover type of robbery," said Capt. Jim Collins with San Diego police. The takeover type is very different from the usual bank robbery where a suspect hands a teller a demand note. "They are usually much more violent than the others," said Collins.

Jeremy Gibbs, 21, Tranes Goins, 27, Terry Mixon, 23 and Thaddeus Williams, 22 were arrested. They face charges in five of the robberies.

Investigators are looking for other suspects in the series and are looking at other bank robberies in the area to see if these suspects were involved.

The men are expected to be arraigned in court Wednesday.

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