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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Just six days after being released from jail, a Louisville man is arrested again for eight armed robberies.
And police say it was this accused serial robber's thirst for theft that got him caught.
Police say Fabian Valentine was on a roll hitting banks and gas stations, making off with cash...until he was spotted in a stolen car.
"They got a run that a subject was driving erratically on I-65," said Lt. Jennifer Coe of the Louisville Metro Police Department.
Seventy-five miles from where he's accused of a crime spree stretching from Louisville to Southern Indiana, Police found 35-year-old Fabian Valentine in a stolen 1995 maroon Oldsmobile in Munfordville, Ky.
"We had received four tips from the tip line giving his identity," Coe said.
That was after police plastered these surveillance pictures on the news. The pictures are from three robberies in three days where detectives say Valentine hit the same U.S. Bank on Preston Highway twice in two days. Police say he was a master at holdups and had plenty of practice in the past.
"He was actually released on December 1, shortly after midnight, so obviously from the time he got released he started to go on this crime spree," Coe said. "With his past history, you know this is the importance of trying to keep these people behind bars. You know, he was a dangerous criminal."
Lt. Coe said Valentine was released from prison in June, and then in October, held up a KFC and Rally's in Louisville. Coe said Valentine was arrested again October 31, then released on December 1. That's when he's accused of hitting a Speedway, several Thorntons, a Waffle House and the US Bank. Jeffersonville Police are also connecting him to robberies there.
"We did contact some retired LMPD Robbery detectives that do know of Mr. Valentine, have dealt with him in the past, and as a matter of fact, they were helpful with providing an identification for us also," Coe said.
Valentine isn't the only criminal now considered a repeat offender, and that's why Metro Police are using a new tactic to track them once they're out on the street.
"I know members of our Viper Unit are working on tracking some of these people that get released that have a violent history," Coe said. "Obviously just for that reason: for the re-offending and they actually had him on their radar."