Bank robbery suspect strikes again

Bank robbery suspect strikes again

Ermec Antonio Avalos

CAMPBELL — According to the Campbell Police Department, a wanted robbery suspect came back to the same bank to rob them again. The suspect, 32-year-old Ermec Antonio Avalos, was arrested on Wednesday, January 10, 2017, after investigators were able to identify him as having robbed more than ten banks throughout 2016.

But what was even more brazen about this bank robber is that he chose to rob the same bank within a few months. Campbell Robbery Units were called out to the Chase Bank located at 1605 S. Winchester Boulevard, on October 28, at about 11:30 AM and December 20, 2016 just a little after 10:00 AM.

Once investigators were able to get a good look at the surveillance footage from the December robbery, they soon realized the suspect had targeted the same bank just a few months earlier.  Surveillance video of the robbery shows Avalos as he approaches the teller (video below).

In an added twist, Avalos lived just blocks from the Chase bank.

Campbell Police determined Avalos was on active parole for a previous bank robbery in which he had robbed a Bank of the West on S. Winchester Boulevard.  Avalos not only robbed the bank once, but had come back and robbed them again, in 2006.

During a search of Avalos apartment, police located evidence tying Avalos to both robberies that occurred at the Chase Bank.

According to Campbell police, Avalos was arrested and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on two counts of robbery and is currently in custody with bail listed at $250,000.

Anyone with information regarding bank robberies possibly committed by Avalos is asked to contact the Campbell Investigations Unit at (408) 871-5190.

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