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But at the time, no one knew it.
Fair was late to the hearing last Wednesday, and St. Joseph Superior Court Senior Judge William Albright rescheduled it for April 19, according to court records.
Fair was arrested on Monday for the cab driver and Kitchenette robberies, along with five others that occurred last week in South Bend.
Court records show that the last two times Fair, 19, has been booked into the county jail, he has posted bond and been released -- only to commit another crime.
The latest string of robberies were allegedly committed with a female accomplice who had not yet been arrested, according to police.
As of late Tuesday, Fair had not been charged with the latest robberies.
The first arrest
Fair's criminal history dates back to at least October 2010, when Fair was arrested for allegedly being an accomplice to an armed robbery at the Indian Springs apartment complex on Portage Road. At the time, he was 17, according to court documents.
Records show the state requested a higher-than-standard bond, because Fair had allegedly also admitted to several residential burglaries, including one where he and another person stole multiple handguns, according to court documents.
Fair's bond was set at $10,000. Ten months later, against the wishes of the state, St. Joseph Superior Court Judge Jerome Frese lowered the bond to $5,000 and within days, Fair was free.
His court case continued to move forward, and Fair eventually pleaded guilty in October.
The second run-in
As Fair was awaiting sentencing on that case, however, he was arrested and charged in December with felony theft for allegedly stealing from Burlington Coat Factory.
Learning of the new offense, Judge Frese refused to accept Fair's guilty plea. Frese set Fair's bond at $1,000, and Fair posted it in February, records show.
Fair eventually pleaded guilty to both crimes, and Judge Frese set sentencing for April 11.
But Fair came late, and the hearing was re-set for Thursday.
Reached by phone late Tuesday, Frese was unaware of the Fair's recent arrest, but said he would have no comment because Fair had not been charged.
The new allegations
The latest robberies occurred from April 6 to 11, including seven from April 9 to 11 alone, according to police.
The business were the Pizza Hut at 1129 N. Bendix Dr.; Arby's at 3425 Lincoln Way West; 7-Eleven at 2207 Mishawaka Ave.; Express Cab Driver at 1526 Huey St.; Kitchenette Restaurant at 2221 S. Michigan St.; River Park Liquor at 2407 Mishawaka Ave.; and Pizza Hut at 5113 W. Western Ave.
Police say Fair is also connected to an armed robbery at the Pizza Hut Express at 324 Lincoln Way West in Mishawaka.
In all of the robberies, the suspects wore bandannas to cover their faces and a gun was displayed. Although the suspects pointed guns at some at the heads of employees in some of the cases, no injuries were reported.
In most of the robberies, the pair was seen together. In the Mishawaka Pizza Hut case, for example, a man came into the restaurant and acted suspiciously, police said. Fifteen minutes later, a woman walked in, pulled a gun and robbed the restaurant.
People with information are asked to call South Bend Police at 574-235-9263 or Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP.
Fair is scheduled to appear before Judge Frese at 9 a.m. Thursday.
Staff writer Mary Kate Malone: