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Two Men Wanted for Unrelated Series of Bank Robberies in Southland

Authorities say they've linked one man to the alleged 11 bank robberies in various parts of the San Fernando Valley, including Northridge.

Credit: John Schreiber. Patch file photo
Credit: John Schreiber. Patch file photo

By City News Service

The FBI released security photos of two men wanted for two unrelated series of bank robberies in the Southland Friday.

The "Valley Bandit" is Middle Eastern or Hispanic, 25-35 years old, between 5-foot-9 and 6 feet tall, and weighs about 180-200 pounds.

He has been linked to 11 bank robberies since December 2012 in various parts of the San Fernando Valley, including Northridge, Granada Hills, Reseda, Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks and Canoga Park.

According to the FBI, the suspect "generally threatens (victims) with a with a weapon, typically described as a revolver. The suspect holds a gun near his waistband, and has pointed the weapon at bank employees and customers, according to witnesses."

He has been seen getting into a white Mercedes-Benz SUV, and also has been linked to a black, four-door Mercedes-Benz sedan, the FBI reported.

The "Westside Gun & Bag Bandit" is white, 35-45 years old, between 5- foot-9 and 6 feet tall, and weighs about 160-180 pounds. He has threatened that he has a gun and has carried a brown paper bag in which he placed the stolen money. He has worn a cowboy hat or a baseball cap.

He has been linked since May 2013 to eight bank robberies -- three of those at U.S. Bank branches -- with six of the holdups in Santa Monica and one each in Venice and the Del Rey area. U.S. Bank is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to his arrest and conviction.

Anyone with more information about either case was urged to call their nearest FBI office or 911.

Zookeeper91326 January 18, 2014 at 11:22 AM
No photos?
Phil Indeblanc January 23, 2014 at 12:28 PM
With the technology of high definition video cameras and digital recorders, I find it hard to believe there is no better understanding of the suspects description in over ELEVEN robberies!...Nor having any photos available for the public. How hard is it to have a bunch of cameras inside and outside the bank? They should have had a plate number by now. One or tow high resolution cameras at a parking entrance or street level would get the car plate. Unfortunately, the security companies "certified" to install such gear are likely so over priced, only banks can afford such security.

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