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Robber Changes Identity by Using Drugs, Losing Weight

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A man police thought to be two separate robbers in the downtown area was arrested this week in Skid Row. Anthony Brown, 42, allegedly began a spree of robberies around July 10th and over the weeks dropped so much weight that his appearance changed leading police to believe there were two bandits out there. Drugs appear to be caper in the weight loss and police have not said if they were specifically used to aid in changing his identity. Brown, recently paroled and still with his prison weight and long braids, first robbed the downtown Citibank on Flower Street with a toy gun and then the California Bear Credit Union on Main Street on July 10th. Looking at security footage, LAPD detectives named him the Braids Bandit.

Two weeks later, a considerably skinnier Brown began his crime spree again, this time with a do-rag over his shaved head, police say. Armed with a old and dirty revolver and a getaway bicycle, he robbed the Riteaid on 7th Street on July 23rd. Two days later: the Denny's on Figueroa and the Chase Bank on Hope Street. Then on August 1st, the Pollo Loco at 226 East 9th Street. Detectives are also investigating three more robberies that may be connected to Brown.

Undercover detectives arrested Brown on Wednesday night. “We were prepared to release this video today and ask the public for their help in capturing the Do-rag Bandit,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, who heads up the Central Detective Division, in a statement. “Turns out, we can let everyone know instead his crime spree is over.”