Police: California bank robber linked to 2 heists

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FRESNO, California (AP) — Police in Stockton, California, say they've confirmed that a bank robber killed in a recent police shootout and hostage situation was among those suspected in an earlier heist at the same bank branch.

Officer Joe Silva said Sunday that investigators are confident that 27-year-old Alex Gregory Martinez, who died Wednesday in a shootout that also killed a hostage, had been among those who robbed the Bank of the West on Jan. 31.

Silva says detectives linked Martinez to the two robberies by reviewing surveillance video, interviewing witnesses of the robberies and the similar circumstances.

In both cases, Siva says, the robbers were dropped off and made their getaway by stealing a bank employee's car.

Police say they're still searching for the driver who took the robbers to the bank.

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