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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.