A former resident of Arroyo Grande in San Luis Obispo County pleaded guilty today in federal court to a series of bank robberies, including two in the Sacramento area.
According to court documents, Robert Todd Bruce, 51, pleaded guilty to three bank robbery charges. They include the Dec. 30, 2008, robbery of Washington Mutual Bank, 4741 Madison Ave., in the Foothill Farms area, and the Jan. 5, 2009, robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank at 949 Lincoln Way in Auburn. The third charge was for the Nov. 22, 2008, robbery of a Washington Mutual Bank in Santa Barbara.
In addition, Bruce admitted committing four other bank robberies, which are the subject of charges in state court, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.
As part of his plea agreement, Bruce agreed to pay restitution for all of his bank robberies.
He is in federal custody pending sentencing on March 22 by U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr.
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.