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Arrest Made in Serial Bank Robbery Investigation
Mr. Magoo Bandit

FBI San Diego October 18, 2011
  • Darrell Foxworth (858) 320-8302

San Diego FBI Special Agent in Charge Keith Slotter announces the arrest of Scott James Larson, age 43, as a result of the investigation into the “Mr. Magoo Bandit” serial bank robbery investigation.

Larson was taken into custody at the San Diego FBI office, 9797 Aero Drive, San Diego, California, on Monday, October 17, 2011, without incident. Larson voluntarily surrendered to agents after he was advised that he was being sought by law enforcement in connection with a serial bank robbery investigation. After surrendering to FBI agents, Larson was interviewed by an FBI agent and a San Diego Police Department robbery detective concerning his alleged bank robbery activity.

According to the complaint filed in this matter with the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, Larson confessed to robbing the U.S. Bank, located at 3201 University Avenue, San Diego, California, on Wednesday, September 7, 2011. During this robbery, Larson allegedly used a demand note to rob a teller. After receiving a sum of money, Larson exited the bank, walked through the alley, turned right and walked behind a store, and continued walking for several blocks.

The robbery of the U.S. Bank, 3201 University, San Diego, California, on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, is considered one of 12 banks in the “Mr. Magoo Bandit” series.

The following bank robberies are considered part of the “Mr. Magoo Bandit” series:

11/23/10  Wells Fargo Bank, 1350 Fashion Valley Road, San Diego, CA.      
06//10/11 Wells Fargo Bank, 1350 Fashion Valley Road, San Diego, CA.
07/12/11 US Bank, 1331 Rosecrans, San Diego, CA.
07/27/11 US Bank, 3201 University, San Diego, CA.
08/10/11 US Bank, 1331 Rosecrans, San Diego, CA.
08/19/11 Chase Bank, 1000 North Green Valley Parkway, Henderson, NV.
08/29/11 US Bank, 1711 Grant Avenue, Novato, CA.
09/07/11 US Bank, 3201 University Avenue, San Diego, CA.
09/17/11 Chase Bank, 101 Mc Clellan Drive, South San Francisco, CA.
09/27/11  Chase Bank, 5291 Mission Oaks Blvd., Camarillo, CA.
10/04/11 Chase Bank, 255 King Street, San Francisco, CA.
10/08/11 Chase Bank, 148 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA.


Anyone with information concerning the above robberies is asked to contact their local FBI office 24 hours a day at the below-listed numbers.

This investigation is being conducted jointly by the FBI’s  Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego Offices, the San Diego Police Department, and multiple local law enforcement partners throughout these regions. This case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of California, San Diego.

  • FBI Las Vegas  (702) 385-1281
  • FBI Los Angeles  (888) CANT-HIDE (888-226-8443)
  • FBI San Francisco (415) 553-7400
  • FBI San Diego  (858) 565-1255

Media Contacts:

  • FBI Las Vegas - Special Agent, Patrick Turner, (702) 584-5519
  • FBI Los Angeles - Public Affairs Specialist, Laura Eimiller, (310) 996-3343
  • FBI San Francisco - Public Affairs Specialist, Julianne Sohn (415) 553-7450
  • FBI San Diego - Special Agent, Darrell Foxworth, (858) 499- 7810

An arrest itself is not evidence that the defendant committed crimes charged. The defendant is presumed innocent until the government meets its burden in court of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.