SF man sentenced to three decades in prison for bank robberies

A San Francisco man known as a the “Clean Cut Bandit” was sentenced this week to more than three decades in federal prison for his part in nine bank robberies, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Darius Gilbert, 49, was arrested in Los Angeles in 2015 and was indicted by a grand jury in June of that year. He was known as the “Clean Cut Bandit” because he wielded a knife during many of the robberies, according to news accounts from the time of his arrest.

He subsequently pleaded guilty to five counts of armed bank robbery, three counts of unarmed bank robbery, escape and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Gilbert must pay $148,000 in restitution, which is the amount of money he stole. He had already served a sentence for a previous bank robbery conviction when he escaped from a halfway house and began another bank robbery spree across Northern California.

In all, he robbed six banks in San Francisco as well as banks in Elk Grove, San Rafael and Antioch.

The robberies took place from March to June 2015 and involved verbally threatening tellers and brandishing a knife.

The prosecution of Gilbert emerged from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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