A man wanted for at least two bank robberies — and who was a confidential informant for Hollywood police — has been arrested, the FBI said.
Eric Roberts, 30, of Hollywood, was taken into custody in Opa-locka on Thursday in connection with robberies at a BB&T bank in Hollywood and a Citibank in Aventura, agents said.
Roberts is accused of first robbing the BB&T bank at 2434 Hollywood Blvd., just before 11 a.m. Tuesday.
According to court documents, he walked up to the teller’s window and passed her a paper towel with instructions written in red ink that he also read to her:
“Don’t be stupid. Give me the money. I have a bomb and I will blow up the place.”
He asked for large bills and left with $1,370 but forgot the paper towel note, which the FBI was processing for his DNA.
Surveillance pictures showed him wearing a black Nike hoodie jacket, a black baseball-style cap, and sunglasses.
He is also suspected in a robbery committed about 12:53 p.m. Wednesday at a Citibank branch at 2750 Aventura Blvd., in Aventura.
Roberts allegedly approached the teller, passed him a note, demanded money, said he had a gun and a bomb, and threatened to kill everyone. Roberts left with $500 and took the note with him, court documents stated.
Surveillance images show him wearing a white Nike T-shirt, a long rosary around his neck, and a black baseball cap backward.
Security cameras in the neighboring Aventura Mall showed him walking through the mall before getting into a taxi.
Roberts was driven to a convenience store in the 2100 block of Washington Street in Hollywood where the store’s surveillance video showed him spending the money he had just stolen. He was later picked up by someone driving a dark vehicle, the FBI said.
When the surveillance images were shared with police agencies, a Hollywood officer recognized Roberts as a confidential informant he had known since 2012.
Roberts contacted the FBI Thursday and said he wanted to turn himself in. Police picked him up at a Metro PCS store in Opa-locka. He was wearing the same clothes he wore during the Citibank robbery, investigators said.
During questioning, Roberts admitted to committing the bank robberies, said he needed the money for a drug habit, and he surrendered to get help.
Meanwhile, agents were still looking for a man they call the “Tie Dyed Bandit” who is suspected in at least four bank robberies around Fort Lauderdale since April.
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