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Monday
Sep172012

'Bucket List Bandit' Nabbed, Suspected of Robbing 10 Banks

(OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) -- The FBI has nabbed the "Bucket List Bandit" -- so dubbed because he told bank tellers he had a gun and only four months to live -- ending a spree of bank robberies that spanned nine states in three months.

Michael Brewster, 54, of Pensacola, Fla. was arrested last Thursday after Roland Police pulled him over for a routine traffic stop on the border of Arkansas and Oklahoma. Police realized he was driving a car reported stolen out of Florida that had been fitted with a Utah license plate.

The traffic stop came three days after Brewster allegedly robbed a bank in Erie, Penn., prompting the FBI to launch an all-out digital assault on him by plastering his face on billboards, posters, TV stations and the Internet.

A tip that the bandit was in fact Brewster came in on Wednesday, and he was arrested in Oklahoma on Thursday.

Since Brewster's arrest, his former landlord told ABC News that he was evicted from his Pensacola apartment on June 14, just seven days before he allegedly drove his stolen car to Colorado to commit the first robbery.

He is suspected of robbing a total of 10 banks in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Utah.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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