Two men accused of robbing a couple of banks and 14 Walmart stores throughout Southern California were scheduled to make their initial appearance in federal court Monday afternoon.
Nicolas Marino of Upland, 27, and Jeffrey Alexander Lecates of Huntington Beach, 30, were arrested in Fullerton on Sunday after allegedly sticking up a Walmart in Anaheim, according to Ginger Colbrun of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Marino is the suspected getaway driver and Lecates allegedly robbed the stores by passing a note to a clerk threatening to have a weapon, Colbrun said. The pair have been charged in federal documents that are under seal.
The robberies started in July.
The pair is suspected of robbing the Bank of America at 18691 Main St. in Huntington Beach on July 6 and UNIFY Bank, at 4637 Candlewood St. in Lakewood, on July 21.
The duo is also suspected of robbing Walmart stores in Westminster, Long Beach, South Gate, Pico Rivera, Huntington Beach, Brea, Pomona, Laguna Niguel, Corona, Rosemead, Lakewood, Temecular, Cerritos and Anaheim.
The most recent Walmart holdup was at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, at 88 E. Orangethorpe Ave.