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Family members turn in man accused of Boise, Meridian bank robberies

A suspected serial bank robber that the FBI has nicknamed the “Great Outdoors Bandit” is believed to have robbed several Treasure Valley banks. The top two photos show the man believed to be the robber on August 7, when he attempted to exchange stolen cash for smaller bills. The bottom two images show various disguises he has used.
A suspected serial bank robber that the FBI has nicknamed the “Great Outdoors Bandit” is believed to have robbed several Treasure Valley banks. The top two photos show the man believed to be the robber on August 7, when he attempted to exchange stolen cash for smaller bills. The bottom two images show various disguises he has used.

Law enforcement arrested the so-called “Great Outdoors Bandit” on Sunday — who is accused of robbing six Idaho banks and one Utah Bank — when he attempted to flee to Belgium.

Daniel “Danny” Alfaro, was picked up on an arrest warrant at the Los Angeles International Airport while attempting to board a Wow Airlines flight to Brussels, Belgium.

Alfaro was fleeing after he was confronted by his siblings, who believed he had robbed the banks. A tearful argument erupted at the family home in Utah and Alfaro fled to California. He had been charged on Friday in Idaho on suspected bank robbery and an arrest warrant was issued.

According to the criminal complaint, on Aug. 7, a person matching Alfaro’s description appeared at the Idaho Independent Bank in Mountain Home and was not wearing sunglasses or disguising his face. The person requested to exchange $1,500 in $100 bills for $50 bills. The bank denied the request and provided photographs of the person’s face and the vehicle he was driving – a black Mitsubishi Outlander – to law enforcement.

The same Mitsubishi Outlander was also photographed during the Aug. 7 robbery of the Pioneer Federal Credit Union in Meridian.

On Aug. 9, the FBI sent out a media release of the Idaho Independent Bank’s surveillance photographs. Two people, including one of his acquaintances and Alfaro’s brother, identified Alfaro as the person in the photographs.

Alfaro’s brother told law enforcement that on Aug. 5, Alfaro and his sister drove in a rental car from their residence in Los Angeles, California, to the family’s residence in Utah, according to the criminal complaint. On the morning of Aug. 7, Alfaro borrowed his mother’s black Mitsubishi Outlander, left the residence in Utah, and did not return until two days later, according to the criminal complaint.

On Thursday morning, Alfaro argued with his sisters and cried when his brother learned that the argument was initiated by Alfaro’s sisters confronting Alfaro about the bank surveillance photographs seen in the media.

Alfaro then drove back to California in the rental car, where he was eventually picked up at the airport.

On Monday, Alfaro had his initial court appearance and arraignment before the U.S. Magistrate Court for the Central District of California. Alfaro was arrested and will be transported back to Idaho for trial.

According to the criminal complaint, a person matching Alfaro’s description and wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses, robbed the following banks:

  • On Dec. 21, the U.S. Bank, at 10500 West Overland Road in Boise.
  • On Dec. 21, the Idaho Central Credit Union, at 1615 S. Celebration Ave. in Meridian.
  • On March 24, the Bank of the West, at 9140 W. Emerald St. in Boise.
  • On May 24, the Alpine Credit Union, at 351 East 800 South in Orem, Utah.
  • On Aug. 7, the Bank of the West, at 9140 W. Emerald St. in Boise.
  • On Aug. 7, the Pioneer Federal Credit Union, at 850 E. Fairview Ave. in Meridian.
  • On Aug. 7, the Clarity Federal Credit Union, at 555 S. Meridian Road in Meridian.
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