Video surveillance of what is believed to be Steven Barry Reisman. Image: FBI

A 59-year-old Fullerton man who said he turned to crime because he could not pay his bills was free on bond Friday following his arrest in connection with three bank heists in Orange County and an attempted robbery in La Mirada, authorities said.

Steven Barry Reisman was arrested about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday after allegedly robbing a bank in the 1300 block of South Beach Boulevard in La Habra about 90 minutes earlier, according to Laura Eimiller of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office.

All the alleged crimes targeted Bank of the West branches, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Santa Ana.

Reisman admitted to committing the robbery in La Habra and also to two robberies of the same bank in the 4500 block of La Palma Avenue in Anaheim, one about 12:45 p.m. Monday and the other about 12:20 p.m. on May 18.

Reisman also admitted to an attempted robbery about 1:20 p.m. Friday in the 12700 block of Valley View Avenue in La Mirada, according to the complaint.

Reisman was arrested at his Fullerton home after Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives received a tip following the release of bank surveillance images, Eimiller said.

Reisman appeared in court Thursday “and was released on bond with various conditions, including GPS monitoring,” she said.

Reisman passed a note in each instance but did not brandish a weapon, according to the complaint. He was dubbed the “Mum’s the Word Bandit” by the FBI.

Reisman is due to be arraigned on Aug. 21 in Santa Ana, Eimiller said.

–City News Service

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