Santa Claus Bandit Connected to Eight Bank Robberies

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The Santa Claus Bandit may have been more active than authorities first thought.

The FBI says it has connected Patrick Bigelow, 44, to eight bank robberies and two attempted ones.

Six of those banks are located in the greater Houston area, including the two in College Station, one is in Galveston and another in Giddings.

Bigelow was arrested the first time while trying to rob a bank in Brookshire. He then escaped in June from the Fayette County jail in La Grange after he overpowered a female guard.

He allegedly robbed two College Station banks and was later arrested in Houston.