Band-Aid Bandit charged with eight felony counts

11/25/2008 1:56 PM

11/25/2008 2:02 PM

The alleged Band-Aid Bandit was in court Monday without his signature sheer strip. Instead, 23-year-old Andrew Jason Gonzalez wore a lime-green cast on his right arm.

Gonzalez, who was arrested last month in Merced after being chased down by officers, is suspected of ripping off nearly 30 stores and restaurants in the Central Valley and Bay Area. No one was hurt in the robberies, police said.

Stanislaus County authorities charged Gonzalez with eight counts of felony robbery at the following locations (see all locations at map below):

  • Quik Stop Market, 2406 W. Monte Vista Ave., Turlock
  • Long's Drug Store, 1621 Lander Ave., Turlock
  • Circuit City, 2821 Countryside Dr., Turlock
  • Advance America, 3216 West Monte Vista Ave., Turlock
  • Long's Drug Store, 2405 Geer Rd., Turlock
  • Foster's Freeze, 3900 Pelandale Rd., Suite 430, Modesto
  • Staples, 1650 E. Hatch Rd., Ceres
  • Star Studio, 1520 E. Hatch Rd., Ceres
  • Gonzalez, who police believe wore a Band-Aid on his left cheek to cover a prominent mole, started his spree in Turlock, police said, robbing three businesses from June to August.

    Judge Timothy W. Salter set a pre-trial hearing for Dec. 8. at 8:30 a.m.

    Gonzalez is housed in the Stanislaus County Jail in lieu of bail amounts of $150,000 and $75,000. The charges were divided into two separate criminal complaints, so a judge set a separate bail amount for each.

    Below is the map of the robberies. If you go down to street level, you'll notice on a few occasions the "Band-Aid Bandit" allegedly robbed two stores within blocks of each other, sometimes a month apart. In all, Gonzalez is suspected of hitting businesses in 10 cities, including six multiple times, police said. Turlock had the most with six. The popup windows in the map include information and some have links to previous stories.

    Video: Band-Aid bandit arrested in Merced

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