Man Allegedly Robbed Same Bank 2 Days in a Row, Was Promptly Arrested

A man in Southern California has been accused of an odd set of crimes: authorities said that he robbed a bank and then, one day later, attempted to rob it again.

The incident is just one of several bizarre crimes to have been reported across the country over the past several days.

The first of the two incidents occurred on Monday in Fountain Valley, California, a city south of Los Angeles. According to a Fountain Valley Police Department (FVPD) press release, officers responded to reports of a robbery at a local Chase Bank location. They arrived at approximately 3:00 p.m.

The FVPD said, "the suspect presented a note to the teller demanding cash." He then successfully obtained a "large amount of cash" and fled the scene before authorities could arrive.

Currently, other details surrounding the crime—such as the amount of money stolen by the suspect—have yet to be made public.

While police were not able to make an arrest at the time of the incident, they were later able to identify their suspect: Samuel Brown, a 33-year-old from San Diego.

Luckily for the FVPD, that was not the last they'd heard of the alleged robber. On Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the first incident, police were called to the same Chase Bank location to respond to another robbery.

This time, the police got the call at around 11:12 a.m. Upon their arrival at the bank, authorities said they "detained Brown without incident" and took him to Orange County Jail. As of Wednesday, he was being held on an approximately $170,000 bail.

On Thursday, Brown pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree robbery, reported the Los Angeles Times.

The suspect has had encounters with the authorities prior to this week: according to the press release, Brown "has prior convictions for robbery in San Diego."

Newsweek has reached out to the Fountain Valley Police Department for additional comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

It appears to have been quite the few weeks for bizarre and unusual crimes. On Tuesday, a verbal conflict between a Wendy's manager and a drive-thru customer ended in an arrest after the manager allegedly poured hot oil from the kitchen onto the customer's body.

A "sad" song playing at a grocery store, meanwhile, upset a shopper so deeply that she had to be removed from the store by police. From there, the incident escalated, resulting in her arrest.

On Thursday, a man outside of Pittsburgh admitted to fatally shooting his former neighbor, a USPS worker who was on duty at the time. The suspect told authorities that he committed the crime because he believed the postal worker had poisoned him and his family with cyanide.

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Earlier this week, a man attempted to rob a Chase Bank in California two days in a row. A Chase Bank location in Washington State, 2014. Francis Dean/Corbis/Getty Images