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Man charged in ‘Ski Bum Bandit’ robberies
First Published Apr 08 2014 08:29 am • Last Updated Apr 08 2014 01:36 pm

The so-called "Ski Bum Bandit" has been charged in connection to the robberies of six financial institutions in Cottonwood Heights and Salt Lake City.

Christopher Ryan Huntzinger, 42, was charged Monday in 3rd District Court with six first-degree felony counts of aggravated robbery. He is accused of robbing five banks and credit unions, one of them twice, between Jan. 24 and March 29. In each instance, the robber did not display a gun but either claimed to have a gun or presented a note indicating he was armed. The suspect became known as the "Ski Bum Bandit" because he wore knitted ski caps and ski-themed clothing, police have said.

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During the first robbery, at University Federal Credit Union at 7220 S. Highland Drive, a note was given to the teller, which stated, "I have a .357 hand gun!" Crime lab analysts later lifted four fingerprints from that note, which were matched to Huntzinger, police wrote.

Detectives found Huntzinger on April 1 at his friend’s home in Fruit Heights. He allegedly admitted to the six robberies and said he acted alone.

According to jail documents, Huntzinger told a friend, in the presence of officers, that "he was sorry and that he did a robbery, and [now] it’s over."


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