ANAHEIM, CA – On April 13, 2016, detectives from the Anaheim Police Department Robbery Detail, with the assistance of investigators from the APD Crime Task Force and FBI’s Orange County Bank Robbery Apprehension Team (BRAT), arrested a suspect who used fake pipe bombs during two Anaheim bank robberies in 2013 and 2016.
The first robbery occurred on July 15, 2013 at the Bank of America in the 1800 block of South Euclid Street. The suspect produced a demand note and displayed an apparent pipe bomb to the teller. The suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and left the device behind in the bank. The device was later determined to be fake. On March 25, 2016, the suspect entered the Chase Bank in the 900 block of South Brookhurst Street, showed the teller a demand note, and displayed another apparent pipe bomb to the teller. The suspect left with an undetermined amount of cash, and again left the device behind in the bank. The Orange County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad responded and determined the device was fake and was not an explosive device.
Detectives were able to trace components from the 2016 device which ultimately led to the identification of Victor Estigoy, 49, a resident of Anaheim. Estigoy was arrested yesterday afternoon during a traffic stop as he left work in Santa Ana. A subsequent search of Estigoy’s residence led to the recovery of evidence from the March bank robbery.
Estigoy is in custody at the Anaheim Detention Facility with bail set at $100,000.