'Up Close' bandit arrested in Oakland 

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A San Francisco man suspected of being the "Up Close" bank bandit was arrested in Oakland on Wednesday, a spokesman for the FBI said Thursday.

Cleophas Kirksey, 47, was arrested on suspicion of robbing a San Francisco bank in July, FBI spokesman Peter Lee said, and the agency suspects he was involved in another heist in June, although he is only being charged in the July robbery.

The FBI had received two anonymous tips on his whereabouts, which helped lead to his arrest.

Kirksey is alleged to have robbed a Bank of America at 2130 Fillmore St. on July 1 and is suspected of being tied to the robbery of a Citibank at 2198 Chestnut St. on June 17.

The bandit in those robberies would simulate having a gun while demanding money from the tellers, Lee said.

The robber earned the moniker "Up Close" bandit because of the high-quality resolution of surveillance pictures taken during the robberies.

Meanwhile, the FBI is still seeking the public's help in identifying a more "dangerous" group of "nasty guys" known as the "High Jumper" bandits, Lee said.

In those robberies, three men have terrorized at least five banks, four in San Francisco and one on the Peninsula, from April through August.

The gun-toting crooks are known to terrorize employees and customers before leaping over counters to raid cash registers.

"It's just a matter of time before they hurt someone," Lee said, "and any more help we can get to apprehend them, the better."

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