Police: Serial robber dubbed ‘Bucket list bandit’ had recently lost job, was ‘financially desperate’

Posted at 4:33 PM, Dec 31, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-31 18:51:11-05

SANDY, Utah — A search warrant offers new details about a possible motive for a man who was accused of carrying out six separate robberies at various locations in northern Utah, and according to those who knew the man he had recently lost his job and was “financially desperate.”

Scot B. Wilcox was arrested earlier this month in connection with multiple robberies, and a recently unsealed search warrant indicates the man is the main suspect in six robberies spanning from October 2 to December 7 at a convenience store, hotels and banks.

Police investigating the crimes determined several of the robberies were linked, and surveillance photos along with tips from the public led officers to arrest Wilcox at a residence in Sandy December 10.

The warrant states that as police were investigating Wilcox, they learned the man was asked to resign from his job on November 17.

According to the warrant, “Prior to that he could be heard yelling in his office at creditors. Scot was asked to resign due to fraudulent information on a car loan. The car was repossessed from Scot on 11/17/2015. Scot was described as financially desperate.”

Police following tips located Wilcox at a residence in Sandy, where he was arrested without incident. Inside the home, police found a garbage sack containing clothing that appeared to be the same garments worn by the suspect pictured in surveillance images from the various robberies.

Wilcox is suspected in robberies that occurred on the following dates at these locations:

Cardwell Gas Station, 8137 South State Street, on October 2.

Hampton Inn, 10690 South Holiday Park Drive, on November 4.

Staybridge Suites, 747 Blue Vista Lane, on November 9.

Wells Fargo inside Fresh Market, 5632 South 900 East, on November 10.

US Bank inside Smith’s, 10305 South 1300 East, on December 7.

America First Credit Union inside Harmons, 672 East 11400 South, on December 7.