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Crime Does Not Pay Much

SAN DIEGO (CN) - A 27-year-old man was sentenced to nearly 5 years in federal prison for five bank robberies from which he got a grand total of $10,462 - an average of $2,092.40 a heist.

Miguel Dario Florez was dubbed the Chameleon Bandit because he changed his appearance each time. He hits Wells Fargo Banks for $5,136 and Bank of America for $5,326 during a two-week spree in May and June 2009.

A Chula Vista police officer arrested him on a city bus after getting a description of him on June 2. The officer found a note in Florez's pocket that said, "This is a bank robbery. Give me all of the money from your drawer. No ink bombs and no GPS," the U.S. Attorney's Office said in announcing the 57-month sentence.

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