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A 27-year-old man suspected of two successful and four attempted bank robberies since Saturday in Santa Ana was arrested Monday.

Joseph Anthony Perez was arrested on suspicion of six stickups. The first occurred about 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Bank of America branch at 3730 S. Bristol St., police said.

The first of Monday’s five robberies and robbery attempts occurred at 11:15 a.m. at a Wells Fargo branch at 1801 E. 17th St., but the bandit failed to get any money, police said.

Other attempted robberies occurred about 12:05 p.m. at the Bank of America branch at 16192 Harbor Blvd., about 12:48 p.m. at the Bank of America branch at 2015 W. 1st St. and about 2:52 p.m. at the Chase branch at 3600 S. Bristol St.

The Bank of the West branch at 3931 S. Bristol St. was robbed about 3:13 p.m., police said.

The last stickup was the robber’s undoing as a teller put a tracking device in the stolen loot, police said.

Investigators tracked the suspect to a restaurant at 3713 S. Bristol St., when officers arrived they found the device was dumped under a car and the bandit had run off, police said.

Police later found the suspect walking on Bristol Street and when he spotted the officers he tried to run away, but was taken into custody a short time later, police said.

–City News Service

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