Jeff Smith 12:15 p.m., April 24
Insistent/Bite Me Bandit pleads guilty
Bank robber caught attempting to rob the same branch a third time
Steve Edward Ruby has pleaded guilty to federal counts related to six bank robberies and an attempted seventh, over a year after his indictment last April.
Known as the “Insistent Bandit” for his rude and demanding demeanor when addressing tellers, or alternately as the “Bite Me Bandit” for his penchant for wearing a shirt emblazoned with the phrase while committing his crimes, Ruby robbed the Pacific Western Bank in Santee twice and was arrested when bank employees recognized him coming back for a third hit on the same branch.
For his prolific nature, Ruby didn’t exactly make out on his heists – the two successful Pacific Western robberies netted a total of $3,103, plus $607 from a Home Bank in Pacific Beach, $1,211 from a San Diego US Bank, and $1,432 from a different Pacific Western branch in El Cajon. His biggest heist netted $9,903 from a San Diego Wells Fargo.
Getaway driver Spiros Romensas of La Mesa, who helped with two of the robberies, was convicted on two counts of aiding and abetting and faces sentencing July 15. In at least one other robbery, Ruby was seen fleeing on a red women’s bicycle.
Ruby will be sentenced in September, and faces up to 20 years imprisonment on each of the seven counts.
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