FBI Sacramento
Public Affairs Specialist Gina Swankie
(916) 977-2285
March 9, 2016

Wanted Serial Bank Robber Surrenders

Today, Special Agent in Charge Monica M. Miller of the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced David James Lira, 39, of Roseville has surrendered to federal authorities without incident.

Lira was wanted for multiple counts of robbery and attempted robbery of federally insured banks located in the Northern California cities of Roseville, Modesto, Oroville, Tracy, and Dublin. During the reported incidents, witnesses described Lira as wearing disguises, often with large eyeglasses. Witnesses also stated Lira presented demand notes during the commission of the robberies.

According to the criminal complaint filed on March 8, 2016, in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, Lira confessed to the following robberies and attempted robberies:

  • Attempted robbery on December 1, 2015
    Bank of the West located at 1112 Galleria Boulevard in Roseville
  • Robbery on December 3, 2015
    Umpqua Bank located at 1801 Douglas Boulevard in Roseville
  • Attempted Robbery on December 11, 2015
    Delta Bank located at 2711 McHenry Avenue in Modesto
  • Robbery on December 11, 2015
    Wells Fargo Bank located at 3456 McHenry Avenue in Modesto
  • Robbery on December 23, 2015
    US Bank Located at 2111 Oro Dam Boulevard East in Oroville
  • Robbery on January 6, 2016
    US Bank located at 2175 W. Grant Line Road in Tracy.

Lira also confessed to a robbery on December 17, 2015, at Wells Fargo Bank located at 4400 Tassajara Road in Dublin.

Lira will make his first appearance this afternoon in U.S. Magistrate Court at the United States Courthouse in Sacramento. As is always the case, charges set forth in a criminal complaint are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless proven guilty.

For more information about other wanted bank robbery suspects, log into the FBI’s Wanted Bank Robber website at bankrobbers.fbi.gov.