Friday, January 25, 2013 at 9 a.m.
Skallerud: Accused Santa Ana bank robber
If the FBI is right, Orange County's Scott Robert Skallerud will soon be heading to prison for a sixth trip.
This month, agents arrested Skallerud for committing an $807, June 7, 2012, robbery of a Wells Fargo Bank in Santa Ana and the June 16 attempted robbery of that city's Main Street Bank--a heist foiled when the teller walked away.
According to court records, the FBI pieced together their case by using six-pack photographic lineups for eyewitnesses, surveillance video from neighboring business establishments and the purported confession by Skallerud when confronted by agents.
Skallerud--who allegedly handed tellers terse handwritten notes--wore sunglasses, a tank top and a baseball cap during the crimes, according to an FBI report reviewed by the Weekly.
Prosecutors inside the Orange County District Attorney's Office have previously convicted Skallerud of burglary, grand theft and false personation (2010); theft (2008); possession of a deadly weapon, possession of illegal narcotics and false personation (2003); illegal narcotics possession (1998); and grand theft (1993).
On Jan. 17, U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert B. Block granted the wish of federal prosecutors that Skallerud be denied bail, but records at the Santa Ana Jail, where federal prisoners are usually housed, don't reflect his presence.
Skallerud, born in 1969, is represented by a federal public defender.
A January 31 preliminary hearing has been scheduled inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana.