(Dallas Morning News) An immigrant rights activist from Farmers Branch is suspected of being a prolific bank robber known as the Mesh Mask Bandit, the FBI says.

Luis de la Garza, 59, appeared in federal court Friday in connection with the armed robbery of a Wells Fargo bank in April. Authorities believe he has robbed at least 18 other banks in nine area cities.

De la Garza, who is in federal custody, could not be reached for comment, but his wife, Blanca Estrada, confirmed he had been charged. She said the allegations were a “shock and a surprise.”

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