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    Release No. 09-029

    March 18, 2009

    ‘GUITAR HERO’ BANDIT SENTENCED TO EIGHT YEARS IN PRISON

    A man who committed an armed robbery of a Wells Fargo bank inside a Santa Ana supermarket while wearing a Guitar Hero T-shirt has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison. 

    Vincent Dean Malicek, 35, of Santa Ana, was sentenced yesterday afternoon by United States District Judge Alicemarie H. Stotler in Santa Ana. Malicek has been in custody since he was arrested in early October at his apartment, which is in a complex next to the supermarket.

    In December, a federal jury convicted Malicek of armed bank robbery. The jury found that on September 3, 2008, Malicek entered a Ralph’s supermarket in the middle of the afternoon and walked up to a teller’s window at a Wells Fargo bank inside the store. Malicek pulled a gun from an envelope, presented a note to the teller and soon after fled the supermarket with $15,972.

    After a picture from a security camera inside the supermarket was published by local news outlets, the Federal Bureau of Investigation received several tips identifying Malicek as the robber.

    During a search of Malicek’s apartment, agents found several documents indicating a post-robbery spending spree, which included the purchase of a truck that had been decorated with the Guitar Hero bumper sticker. The investigation revealed that Malicek made several other large cash purchases in the days after the robbery, including two flat-screen televisions, one of which he gave to an ex-girlfriend as a gift.

    A Wells Fargo teller was able to identify Malicek from a photographic line-up and during the trial identified Melicek as the robbery.

    In addition to the prison term, Judge Stotler ordered Malicek to pay full restitution to Wells Fargo.

    This case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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    Release No. 9-029
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