Man suspected in 3 bank robberies arrested

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 31 2013 2:58 p.m. MST

A man suspected of robbing three banks was arrested Monday by Salt Lake police.

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SALT LAKE CITY — A man suspected of robbing three banks was arrested Monday by Salt Lake police.

Just hours after a Bank of Utah, 711 S. State, was robbed, detectives tracked down Jose Manuel de los Santos, 40, of Salt Lake City, and arrested him for investigation of three counts of aggravated robbery.

De los Santos is believed to be responsible for robbing Brighton Bank, 1420 S. 300 West, on Dec. 12; Zions Bank, 701 E. 400 South. on Dec. 13; and the one on Monday.

Police continued to look for suspects Tuesday in several other recent bank robberies. Investigators said they believe there has been a spike in bank robberies in the past month.

A man who has always wears a hat or knit cap is believed to have robbed at least three banks since Dec. 6, including a Zions Bank and a U.S. Bank in Midvale and an America First Credit Union in Taylorsville.

• A man partially dressed as Santa Claus allegedly robbed University of Utah Credit Union, 2755 S. Redwood Road, on Christmas Eve.

• Also on Christmas Eve, another man robbed Health Care Credit Union, 769 E. South Temple.

• U.S. Bank, 1575 S. Main, was robbed on Dec. 2. Mathew Lewis Brown, 37, was arrested a day later.

The Brighton Bank that de los Santos is accused of robbing on Dec. 12 was robbed again on Monday, about the same time de los Santos was allegedly robbing the Bank of Utah. Investigators do not believe Monday's two bank robberies in Salt Lake City are connected.

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