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Lake Elsinore Bank Robber Gets Nine Years Behind Bars

Steven Dwayne Paulson, 46, was sentenced today for five bank robberies across the Southland, including one in Lake Elsinore.

A Pomona man dubbed the " was sentenced today to nine years behind bars and ordered to pay restitution of about $40,000 for holding up banks in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, including a Mission Oaks National Bank in Lake Elsinore.

Steven Dwayne Paulson, 46, pleaded guilty earlier this year in Los Angeles to five federal counts of bank robbery.

According to sentencing papers prepared by the U.S. Attorney's Office, Paulson has a 33-year criminal history that includes 14 convictions -- for mostly property and drug crimes -- along with seven juvenile arrests and more than a dozen additional law enforcement contacts as an adult.

, eight months after his most recent prison term -- a nine-year sentence for forgery, court papers show. Paulson's "history of drug and alcohol abuse is as lengthy and as troublesome as his criminal history," prosecutors wrote in the sentencing document, adding that while the defendant's addiction does not excuse the crimes, "it can help to explain it."

The puffy ski jacket the bandit wore in a robbery in Chino helped FBI agents come up with the moniker. In other holdups, he wore a plaid jacket and a baseball cap or a knit beanie.

Most of the time, Paulson used a demand note and, in some crimes, he simulated having a weapon under his coat, prosecutors said.

Paulson was linked to robberies that took place between Dec. 20, 2011, and last Jan. 9 at banks in Chino, Corona, Lake Elsinore, Glendora, Cerritos and Rancho Cucamonga, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

On Dec. 28, Paulson is accused of robbing the Mission Oaks National Bank in Lake Elsinore. There were no injuries reported in the heist. Paulson made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. --Toni McAllister contributed to this report.

Constant Comment September 11, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Nine years for robbing 5 banks. I'm guessing rehab is out of the question.....}~(
Ronnie Nadeau September 11, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Not bad if he stashed a load of dough.
karmabus September 11, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Only 9 years? Isn't this a federal offense? 5 banks = 9 years! this is crazy!! With good behavior he will be out in 5... what is going on with our justice system??
Teller of Truth September 11, 2012 at 08:55 PM
It's called THE NEW RETIREMENT FUND !
Paul September 12, 2012 at 06:17 PM
@karmabus.......when charged and prosecuted in the federal system there is no time off for good behavior. If you recieve a sentence of 9 years you will do 9 years. I don't understand the light sentence either, but rest assured he will not be released until he time is served.

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