Crime

Nineteen Bank Robberies Later, the FBI Has Caught the Mesh Mask Bandit

The Mesh Mask Bandit's run was bound to come to an end. It's possible, one supposes, to stick up a bank or two, then flee to some sparsely inhabited island, out of reach of the FBI. But when you rob 19 North Texas banks over the course of a few months, your luck will inevitably turn.

Luis Delagarza, a 59-year-old from Farmers Branch, was arrested and appeared in federal court today. So far, he's only charged with a single robbery -- the April 22 holdup of a Farmers Branch Wells Fargo -- because that's where an employee to caught a glimpse of the robber's face before he put on his mask. She later picked Delagarza out of a photo lineup. Expect charges for the other stickups when they file an indictment.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Irma Ramirez ordered that Delagarza remain in federal custody pending a preliminary hearing on June 25. The circumstances of his arrest aren't clear.

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Eric Nicholson
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