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SF police arrest suspect in connection with 13 robberies

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A 64-year-old man thought to have robbed 13 San Francisco businesses over a nearly two-month period has been arrested, police announced Friday.

According to police, investigators were able to connect Lloyd Banks, a San Francisco resident, to the numerous robberies, which occurred at mostly at liquor stores, restaurants and other commercial establishments, due to his distinct appearance and his use of a silver revolver.

Police said the first robbery occurred on May 1 in the 600 block of Van Ness Avenue around 8:50 p.m.

After that, eleven more businesses in the area were allegedly targeted by Banks.

Police allege that on June 29, Banks perpetrated the 13th robbery around 6:30 p.m. in the 2300 block of 16th Street.

Officers responded to the area and arrested Banks near 18th and Bryant streets. Officers alleged they found a replica handgun on him at the time of his arrest.

Banks was arrested on suspicion of 37 felonies in connection with the robberies.

Anyone with more information about Banks or the robberies is asked to contact police’s 24-hour tipline at (415) 575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 with “SFPD” at the beginning of the message.

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