Santa Monica News
FBI Searching For Serial Bank Robbers
By Shanna Holako
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:

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The "Valley Bandit" and "Westside Gun & Bag Bandit."

December 18, 2012

Bank of America

8720 Balboa Blvd. Northridge

June 14, 2013

Chase

9154 Sepulveda Blvd. North Hills

June 28, 2013

Bank of America

20118 Roscoe Blvd. Winnetka

July 15, 2013

Chase

17900 Chatsworth St. Granada Hills

July 24, 2013

Chase

9111 Corbin Ave. Northridge

August 26, 2013

Wells Fargo

18400 Sherman Way Reseda

September 28, 2013

Chase

14111 Riverside Drive Sherman Oaks

November 6, 2013

Chase

19323 Victory Boulevard Van Nuys

December 4, 2013

Wells Fargo

6460 Platt Avenue West Hills

December 14, 2013

Chase

11160 Balboa Ave. Granada Hills

December 16, 2013

Wells Fargo

21834 Sherman Way Canoga Park

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

First Republic

431 Wilshire Blvd. Santa Monica

August 29, 2013

One West

1630 Montana Ave. Santa Monica

September 25, 2013

Union Bank

429 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica

October 22, 2013

US Bank

4700 Lincoln Blvd. Los Angeles

November 4, 2013

US Bank

3302 West Pico Blvd. Santa Monica

November 30, 2013

Chase

1415 Lincoln Blvd. Venice

December 11, 2013

Chase

310 North Fairfax Ave. Santa Monica

January 7, 2014

US Bank

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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