A Sacramento man whom authorities dubbed the "skateboard bandit," pleaded guilty today to a serial bank robbery.
Jared Sung Yoon Herdt, 30, also agreed to pay restitution for the robberies, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. He is in federal custody pending sentencing.
According to court documents, Herdt pleaded guilty to robbing the Wells Fargo Bank at 2010 Goldfield Drive in Rancho Cordova on April 25, 2009. He pleaded guilty to robbing four other banks - in Modesto, San Jose, Santa Clara and Springfield, Ore. - during January and February 2009.
For purposes of restitution, he also admitted to robbing a Wells Fargo Bank at 9407 Madison Ave. in Orangevale on April 25, 2009.
During the robberies, Herdt claimed he had a firearm. Authorities dubbed the robber the "skateboard bandit" because tellers in some robberies reported that the robber fled on a skateboard to an unknown location where he had a getaway vehicle.
On April 27, 2010, a search of a stolen vehicle located in Sunnyvale resulted in the recovery of $4,900 in cash, a loaded 9mm semiautomatic pistol, a skateboard and a receipt for a dentist in Oregon, according to the news release. The dentist positively identified surveillance photos of the bank robber as Herdt.
Herdt is to be sentenced Nov. 7 by U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb.
The case resulted from an investigation by the Sacramento Violent Crimes Task Force, which includes the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office.