'Bad Grandpa' bank robber to be sentenced in San Diego

Posted at 8:19 AM, Sep 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-21 11:19:34-04

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An ex-con dubbed the "Bad Grandpa" bandit because of the disguise he wore while robbing four banks in San Diego is scheduled to be sentenced today at the downtown courthouse.

James Saputo, 51, pleaded guilty in June to robbery, attempted robbery and other charges. He faces more than 130 years to life in prison.

Saputo was arrested twice in 2016 on drug charges and was out of custody on bail when he committed the bank robberies in San Diego between Feb. 12 and March 30 last year, said Deputy District Attorney Lucy Yturralde.

The defendant is also accused of robbing seven banks in Riverside and Orange counties, the prosecutor said.

Authorities nicknamed Saputo the "Bad Grandpa" bandit because of the elderly disguise he wore, which included a wig, glasses and a cane.

Saputo's criminal record dates back to 1986. He has 14 prior convictions, including bank robberies in Del Mar and San Marcos.