Triplicate Staff

A Gasquet man has been arrested in connection with 10 bank robberies in Northern California and Southern Oregon within the past year.

Mark A. Cardinal, 58, was arrestedMondayby Oregon authorities in the Cave Junction area after authorities stopped a vehicle he was driving that was suspected of being involved in a Grants Pass bank robbery earlier in the day, said Del Norte County sheriff's Commander Bill Steven.

Cardinal's vehicle was also identified as being involved in a Cave Junction bank robberyFriday.

Those cases are the latest in a string that included robberies in McKinleyville, Arcata, and two in Crescent City, as well as another one in Cave Junction, two others in Grants Pass and one in Myrtle Creek, Steven said.

Cardinal confessed to the bank robberies during an interrogation with an FBI agent, Steven said.

The Del Norte Sheriff's Office served a search warrant at his residence at 9851 Weatherell Lane in Gasqueton Monday.

Cardinal "has been living a somewhat quiet existence in Gasquet since October," said Steven.

Last February, a man walked into the U.S. Bank branch at 1020 3rd Street in Crescent City brandishing a pistol and demanding money from a bank teller.

Last December, a man walked into the Coast Central Credit Union in Crescent City, presented a letter demanding money and brandished a gun.

Cardinal is said to have admitted committing both robberies.

He also implicated himself in an Arcata robbery of the Northern Redwood Federal Credit Union just a few weeks prior to the December robbery in Crescent City, Steven said.

Cardinal is being held in the Josephine County Jail on suspicion of two counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of second-degree robbery and three counts of first-degree theft.

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