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Montgomery County police say they have caught the man who robbed four banks in the county, going back to December.

Jose Mercedes, 45, of Hyattsville was arrested after police, with the help of their dogs, found him Monday hiding in a shed in a Kensington backyard, according to a news release.

Mercedes had just robbed an M&T Bank branch on Montgomery Avenue in Kensington, police said. He slipped a stickup note to a teller, demanding cash and implying he had a weapon.

A short time later, he was found in the shed in the 3200 block of McComas Avenue. The money bag and other evidence from the bank were found nearby, with cash found in Mercedes’ pockets, police said.

Police said Mercedes also admitted robbing three other banks:

• An M&T Bank branch at 10100 River Road, Potomac, on Dec. 21.

• An M&T branch at 7920 Norfolk Ave., Bethesda, on Dec. 26.

• A Wells Fargo bank branch at 9812 Falls Road, Potomac, on March 1.

Mercedes was held without bond pending a bond review hearing on Tuesday in district court in Rockville.