Police say that a man allegedly connected with four local bank robberies left his fingerprint on the door of one of the banks and switched his cell phone number several times to avoid police surveillance.
Anthony Frisco, 44, of Santa Barbara is accused of entering banks in Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo and Nipomo and handing tellers notes written in a “black, permanent-type marker” demanding money, before leaving the banks with money. Police initially called him “The Red Sharpie Bandit,” alleging he used a red marker on notes he passed to tellers. But in the warrant, he’s accused of using a black marker to write the notes, according to the warrant filed by the San Luis Obispo Police Department.
Frisco has pleaded not guilty to four counts of robbery and four counts of burglary.
His attorney, Ray Allen, declined to comment Monday.
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The warrant states that the Sheriff’s Department Crime Lab recovered a fingerprint from the interior of the exit door of a Wells Fargo bank in Nipomo that matched Frisco’s print.
Police also alleged that Frisco used multiple cell phones and several SIM cards to avoid police surveillance, as well as a phone application that worked similar to a police scanner and monitored police locations.
The warrant sought cell phone records and text messages in regards to the investigation.
Frisco remained in County Jail on Monday in lieu of $500,000 bail.