Prosecutors say 50-year-old Garry Reeder pleaded guilty Monday and is expected to get 25 years in prison.
In January 2011, two years out of prison, Reeder sat at a desk under the guise of opening an account at an Orange Bank of America then opened a planner containing an apparent bomb. It proved fake.
He showed employees a gun and told them to bring him $30,000, which they did. He was arrested three days later.
Reeder was called the Scanner Bandit because witnesses hade said he carries a police scanner. In 1992 he'd been known as the Backward Hat Bandit.