FBI Searching For Serial Bank Robbers
Posted by Shanna Holako on Jan 21, 2014 - 7:04:17 PM
SANTA MONICA—The FBI and Los Angeles Police Department are searching for two male bank robbers that have hit a combined total of 19 banks in the
Los Angeles area since December 2012 and as recently as January 7 of this year.
The men have been labeled as the “Valley Bandit” and the “Westside Gun & Bag Bandit” by the FBI in order to link robberies from several different locations. Authorities have labeled them as “unrelated cases” since there is no information on a relationship between the two men or any connection.
There are 11 robberies linked to the Valley Bandit and eight to the Westside Gun & Bag Bandit. The Valley Bandit has struck the following banks:
The "Valley Bandit" and "Westside Gun & Bag Bandit."
December 18, 2012
8720 Balboa Blvd. Northridge
June 14, 2013
9154 Sepulveda Blvd. North Hills
June 28, 2013
20118 Roscoe Blvd.Winnetka
July 15, 2013
17900 Chatsworth St.Granada Hills
July 24, 2013
9111 Corbin Ave. Northridge
August 26, 2013
18400 Sherman Way Reseda
September 28, 2013
14111 Riverside DriveSherman Oaks
November 6, 2013
19323 Victory Boulevard Van Nuys
December 4, 2013
6460 Platt Avenue West Hills
December 14, 2013
11160 Balboa Ave. Granada Hills
December 16, 2013
The Valley Bandit has been described by witnesses as a Hispanic or Middle Eastern male between 25 to 35 years old, between 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall and weighing between 180 to 200 pounds. He has been seen getting into a white vehicle, described as a Mercedes SUV, and is also linked to a four-door black Mercedes sedan. He has frequently threatened victims with a weapon generally described as a revolver.
The Westside Gun & Bag Bandit often wears sunglasses and alternates between a baseball cap and a cowboy hat. Like the Valley Bandit, he also threatens with a weapon, but carries it in a brown paper bag that he then uses to hold the stolen money.
He is described as a white male between 35 to 45 years old, 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall and weighing between 160 to 180 pounds. The Westside Gun & Bag Bandit has struck the following locations:
May 22, 2013
431 Wilshire Blvd.Santa Monica
August 29, 2013
1630 Montana Ave.Santa Monica
September 25, 2013
429 Santa Monica Blvd.Santa Monica
October 22, 2013
4700 Lincoln Blvd.Los Angeles
November 4, 2013
3302 West Pico Blvd.Santa Monica
November 30, 2013
1415 Lincoln Blvd.Venice
December 11, 2013
310 North Fairfax Ave.Santa Monica
January 7, 2014
1401 Wilshire Blvd.Santa Monica
According to a press release from the FBI, U.S. Bank is offering a reward of up to $10,000 in exchange for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the robberies linked to the Westside Gun & Bag Bandit.
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