A repeat bank robber dubbed the “Bearded Bandit” by authorities was arrested following a short chase in Brentwood Wednesday evening.
Kenneth Ellis, 30, of Stockton, is accused of stealing more than $24,000 from 11 banks throughout the Bay Area. NEWS24/680’s brother site, East County Today, was on hand for the capture.
Police said the FBI and local authorities began to close in on the suspected bank robber after a citizen reportedly spotted him in a Safeway store.
Witnesses said Ellis realized he was being followed and went to a local pharmacy, where he reportedly shaved his head and some of his beard before driving off with police following.