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Roseville man accused of series of bank robberies surrenders

David James Lira.
David James Lira.

A man arrested by Roseville police in January in connection with a bank robbery has been linked to a series Northern California bank robberies, according to the FBI.

David James Lira, 39, surrendered to federal authorities without incident, according to an FBI news release. Lira was wanted for multiple counts of robbery and attempted robbery of banks in Rosevile, Oroville, Modesto, Tracy and Dublin. During the incidents, witnesses described the suspect as wearing disguises, often with large eyeglasses. They said he presented demand notes during the robberies.

According to the criminal complaint filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Sacramento, Lira confessed to the attempted robbery of Bank of the West, 1112 Galleria Blvd., Roseville, on Dec. 1 and the robbery of Umqua Bank, 1801 Douglas Blvd., Roseville, on Dec. 3. He also confessed to robbery of the U.S. Bank at 2111 Oro Dam Blvd. East in Oroville on Dec. 23; the Wells Fargo Bank, 3456 McHenry Ave., Modesto, Dec. 11; and the U.S. Bank, 2175 W. Grant Line Road, Tracy, Jan. 6; as well as the attempted robbery of Delta Bank, 2711 McHenry Ave., Modesto, Dec. 11.

Federal authorities said Lira also admitted robbing a Wells Fargo Bank in Dublin, in Alameda County, on Dec. 17.

Roseville police arrested Lira on Jan. 19 in connection with the Umqua bank robbery, based on forensic evidence gathered at the scene.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy