Jeff Smith 6:35 p.m., June 27
Intoxicated bank robber caught in Vista
Sheriff’s deputies over the weekend arrested 27 year-old Kevin Krutz on charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance, then later fingered him as the suspect in the robbery of a Chase Bank branch earlier in the day.
During the robbery, a suspect had produced a ransom note claiming he had a gun, though no witnesses were able to verify sighting a firearm.
Shortly before 6 p.m. on Friday, February 15, deputies responded to a bank robbery call at a Chase Bank branch on the 1600 block of Melrose Drive in Vista. FBI agents working in cooperation with deputies were unable to locate a suspect at the time, and had only the description of “a white male, about 25 years of age, with facial hair,” to work from.
A short time later, authorities contacted Krutz near Pala Vista and S. Santa Fe Drive. After the initial intoxication arrest, Krutz was found to be in possession of a large quantity of cash and confessed to the robbery.
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