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'Bicycle Bandit' suspect in custody

BUFORD - Investigators may have popped the tires on the so-called Bicycle Bandit's crime spree across metro Atlanta - a high-profile string of bank robberies that included two heists in Gwinnett.

Gwinnett police have identified 47-year-old Carlos Arango-Mejia of Atlanta as a suspect in two December hold-ups. He allegedly struck banks in Norcross and Buford, fleeing each scene on a bicycle.

Arango-Mejia is being held at the Fulton County Jail without bond.

Acting on public tips, investigators searched Arango-Mejia's Atlanta home recently and found incriminating evidence - a bank bag, a note used in the robberies and several bicycles, said Gwinnett police spokesman Officer David Schiralli.

Police believe Arango-Mejia first struck in Gwinnett on Dec. 6.

Arango-Mejia is accused of robbing a Norcross Bank of America branch at 3210 Holcomb Bridge Road.

Then, on Dec. 20, police believe he hit a BB&T branch at 4394 Buford Drive.

In both incidents, a white man fitting Arango-Mejia's description handed bank tellers notes demanding money. Witnesses saw the man fleeing on a bicycle.

Police recovered the get-away bicycle behind a nearby business after the BB&T robbery, Schiralli said.