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Man sentenced for 2016 bank robberies, including in Pleasanton

Published Saturday February 11

‘Bearded Bandit’ admits stealing $5,000+ from local Wells Fargo last March

‘Bearded Bandit’ admits stealing $5,000+ from local Wells Fargo last March

A Stockton man dubbed the Bearded Bandit has been sentenced to 45 months in prison in connection with a 2016 bank robbery spree across Northern Ca. including a Wells Fargo branch in Pleasanton, USA Attorney Brian Stretch announced Thursday.

Kenneth Michael Ellis, 31, pleaded guilty in Nov to 8 separate counts of not armed bank robbery, prosecutors said.

He also agreed to pay more than $28,000 in restitution.

Prosecutors remarked Ellis confessed to using force or intimidation to rob banks in Pleasanton, Fremont, Gilroy, Concord, Dublin and Lafayette.

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