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Serial Bank Robbers Sought in Unrelated Cases for Robberies in Multiple Counties

Los Angeles FBI October 12, 2012
  • Public Affairs Specialist Laura Eimiller (310) 996-3343

The FBI and law enforcement officers in multiple cities where the below-listed bank robberies have occurred are seeking information from the public that leads to the identity of unidentified male bank robbers wanted for two separate series of bank robberies. The suspects were given monikers of “Desperate Bandit” and “Don’t Even Bandit” in order to link the robberies for law enforcement responding to banks in multiple counties since August. Bandit names are generated based on witness descriptions of the appearance or behavior of a suspect during the initial robberies to which they are linked.

Don’t Even Bandit

During the robberies linked to the “Don’t Even Bandit,” the suspect uses written and verbal demands for cash. Witnesses have described the suspect as a black male, between 5’06”-5’08” in height, 150-170 lbs., and between 35-40 years old. During one of the robberies, the suspect was seen getting into a black vehicle, described as a Nissan Versa.

The Don’t Even Bandit has been linked to the following robberies:

August 27, 2012 Bank of America 735 N. Euclid Ave Ontario
September 7, 2012 Citibank 8401 Sierra Blvd Fontana
September 8, 2012 Bank of the West
855 W. Valley Blvd Alhambra
September 17, 2012
One West 144 N. 2nd St Covina
September 27, 2012 Bank of the West 9000 E Valley Blvd Rosemead
October 4, 2012
Bank of America Brookhurst Street Garden Grove


Desperate Bandit

During the robberies linked to the Desperate Bandit, the suspect enters the bank and has asked to cash a company check. The suspect also makes verbal demands for cash and presents a typed demand note that threatens a gun. The suspect has been seen driving a late model, four-door, white Toyota Corolla with a factory spoiler, and he is further described as a white male with a chubby build, between 40-50 years of age, between 5’9” and 6’0” tall, approximately 200 lbs., with a combination of brown and gray hair. The suspect is seen during the robberies carrying a dark merchant bag and has also used a disguise during some of the robberies, including a wig, a mustache, and eyeglasses. The Desperate Bandit typically wears a baseball cap, cargo shorts, and tennis shoes.

The Desperate Bandit has been linked to the following robberies:

August 8, 12 US Bank 12801 Central Avenue Chino
August 14, 2012 Bank of the West 3021 Yorba Linda Fullerton
September 5, 2012
US Bank 3800 E. La Palma Anaheim
September 14, 2012 Bank of the West 701 E. 1st Street Tustin
September 14, 2012 Bank of America 2601 Green River Corona
September 28, 2012 US Bank 201 E. Yorba Linda Placentia
October 5, 2012 Bank of the West 1330 S. Beach Blvd La Habra


Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of either suspect is urged to contact their nearest FBI office or dial 911.

Bank surveillance photographs of the Don’t Even Bandit and the Desperate Bandit are being provided to the media. Additional information about bank robbers currently wanted by the FBI’s Los Angeles Division can be found at www.labankrobbers.org.

Photos of the Don’t Even Bandit:

Photos of the Desperate Bandit: