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Arrest made in Ranch bank robbery

RANCHO SANTA FE — Two arrests were made Oct.8 shortly after a Bank of America was robbed, and one of the suspects has been identified as Oscar Omar Maldonado, 20, who was wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in connection with the Sept. 30 robbery of the San Marcos Wells Fargo Bank on Woodland Parkway, which is inside of an Albertsons grocery store.
Details about the Wells Fargo robbery were previously released by the FBI, and included pictures from bank video surveillance of a man who wore sunglasses and a hat and had a bank note in his hand.
At about noon on Oct. 8, a robber used a demand note to steal money from the Bank of America at Avenida De Acacias in Rancho Santa Fe, according to officials.
That same day, San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Maldonado on suspicion of robbing three banks, including the Rancho Santa Fe bank, the San Marcos Wells Fargo Bank on Sept. 30 and a San Marcos U.S. Bank on Sept. 25, according to the FBI.
Luis Cueva, 32, was also arrested Oct. 8 as a suspected participant in the Rancho Santa Fe bank robbery, according to the FBI.
Both men were arraigned Oct. 13 in the Vista Courthouse.
“Suspects don’t respect city and county boundaries,” said Capt. Don Crist of the county sheriff’s public affairs department.
Crist said that the FBI did a lot of work leading to these two arrests.
Some of the methods used in investigating a bank robbery include comparing the height and weight of the suspect and if they said a certain thing at the window, Crist said.
“We look at all other recent bank robberies with a similar method of operation,” he said.
The FBI is also investigating a June 7, 2010, robbery of a Wells Fargo Bank inside a Solana Beach Vons grocery store, according to Darrell Foxworth of the San Diego FBI. Foxworth encourages anyone with information related to the June robbery or any of the above robberies to call the FBI at (858) 565-1255.