A suspected serial bank robber who uses a bicycle for hold-ups has been apprehended, California authorities said.
Hubert Rotteveel, 47, of Dixon, California, was arrested Wednesday afternoon after robbing two banks in just over an hour, Sgt. Anthony Cucchi of the Woodland Police Department told CNN.
Rotteveel pedaled up to the River City Bank in Woodland shortly before 2pm Wednesday, police said. Wearing black clothing, a black face mask, sunglasses and a white bicycle helmet, he held the tellers at gunpoint and demanded money before fleeing on a bike, authorities said.
At approximately 3pm, Rotteveel biked to the First Northern Bank in West Sacramento where he committed another armed robbery, police said.
“As he’s fleeing that bank on his bicycle,” Sgt. Cucchi told CNN, “he passes a police officer from West Sacramento and the dye-pack in his bag explodes in front of the officer.
“He tries a quick getaway and the officer gets right on him and apprehends him.”
Rotteveel is being held at the Yolo County Jail. Bail is set at $200,000.
Authorities believe he may be linked to several armed bank robberies in Northern California, including one in Santa Cruz on Monday afternoon.
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