United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Central Coast Man Pleads Guilty To Serial Bank Robbery
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
CONTACT: Lauren Horwood
January 5, 2012
PHONE: (916) 554-2706
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that Robert Todd Bruce, 51, formerly of Arroyo Grande, pleaded guilty this morning to serial bank robbery.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Sacramento Violent Crimes Task Force, which includes the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Rodriguez is prosecuting the case.
According to court documents, Bruce pleaded guilty to three bank robbery charges:
- Washington Mutual Bank, 4741 Madison Avenue, Sacramento, on 12/30/2008.
- Wells Fargo Bank, 949 Lincoln Way, Auburn, on 1/5/2009.
- Washington Mutual Bank, 1302 State Street, Santa Barbara, on 11/22/2008.
In addition, Bruce admitted committing four other bank robberies, which are the subject of charges in state court.
As part of his plea agreement, Bruce has agreed to pay restitution for all of his bank robberies. He is currently in federal custody pending sentencing.
Bruce is scheduled to be sentenced on March 22, 2012 by United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. The maximum sentence Bruce faces is 60 years in federal prison. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables and any applicable statutory sentencing factors.