Two men linked to Scripps Ranch bank robbery arrested

Men possibly connected to other bank robberies

SAN DIEGO - Two men were arrested Tuesday in connection with the robbery of a Scripps Ranch bank, according to San Diego police.

Police said a man armed with a handgun robbed the Wells Fargo branch on 9996 Scripps Ranch Boulevard just after 1 p.m.

Police did not disclose how much money -- if any -- the man got away with.

SDPD Capt. Dan Christman told 10News Tuesday's bank robbery was slightly different from four others in recent weeks in Scripps Ranch and Poway.

"This is the first in the series where he's displayed a gun; the others it was just a demand note as he went up to the teller," said Christman.

Witnesses told police the suspected bank robber jumped into a waiting car and sped away.

Ten minutes later, police said a maid at a Quality Inn on Kearny Mesa Road reported suspicious behavior in the parking lot. The maid reported seeing a man changing license plates.

"There were two cars side-by-side and some clothing in the back of one of the cars that fit the description of the suspect's," said Christman.

Christman also said the vehicle matched the description of the suspected getaway car.

Police set up surveillance when a cab arrived.

"[It was] very suspicious behavior; [the] first suspect in the cab fit the description of the person changing the license plate. The second suspect who came out of hiding and got into the cab fit the description of the bank robber," Christman told 10News.

The cab was pulled over on the freeway entry ramp around the corner. Christman said the two men could face more charges.

"We believe these suspects are responsible [for] five bank robberies, for sure, perhaps more; two in Poway and three in Scripps Ranch," Christman said.

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