'Apologetic Bandit' Arrested in String of California Robberies (Video)

Wednesday, 05 Feb 2014 01:12 PM

By Michael Mullins

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The alleged "apologetic bandit," as he is known, was arrested Friday shortly after someone held up a 7-Eleven convenient store in Lake Forest, Calif.

Farhad Sharifi, a 19-year-old from Aliso Viejo, Calif., is thought to be the person who has robbed at least 10 gas stations and convenient stores at gunpoint over the past 12 months.

In surveillance footage captured at the scene of several of these robberies, a man police believe is Sharifi frequently apologizes to the clerk for his actions before leaving the store with their money. This unexpected behavior earned him the moniker "the apologetic bandit" from authorities.

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Sharifi was caught after authorities noticed a suspicious vehicle in the area where the last robbery had taken place Friday evening, NBC Los Angeles reported.

After being pulled over by police on Muirlands Boulevard, Sharifi attempted to flee on foot. However, he was eventually apprehended by authorities who had set up a perimeter around his location, according to Lt. Jeff Hallock, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Police subsequently found clothing and a mask similar to the items worn during previous robberies as well as an air-soft gun, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Surveillance footage from the an October robbery shows the robber dressed in black garb from head to toe, taking an undisclosed amount of cash from a clerk at an Arco gas station in Mission Viejo. During the robbery, the apparently remorseful robber, who police believe to be Sharifi, says, "I don’t want to do this to you." Once he has the money, the robber adds "have a good night, man, sorry," before fleeing with the cash.

Sharifi is currently being held without bail and has yet to be charged, according to Hallock.





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