SANTA MONICA—The FBI and Los Angeles Police Department are searching for two male, serial 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:
|December 18, 2012||Bank ofAmerica||8720 Balboa Blvd. Northridge|
|June 14, 2013||Chase||9154 Sepulveda Blvd. North Hills|
|June 28, 2013||Bank ofAmerica||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 ShermanOaks|
|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||FirstRepublic||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.