Bank Robbery Apprehension Team Arrests Two Alleged Bank Robbers, Seeks Help on Quad Bandit
A bank robbery task force in Orange County composed of FBI agents and an investigator with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) arrested two bank robbers in the past week and is continuing to seek others.
The joint FBI/OCSD Task Force, known as the Bank Robbery Apprehension Team, or BRAT, routinely works cooperatively with partner law enforcement agencies when bank robberies occur in various jurisdictions throughout Orange County.
On Friday, May 30, members of BRAT took Paul Sayer Kjelland, 36, of Garden Grove, into custody. Kjelland, also known as the Market Branch Bandit, has been linked to at least four robberies, listed below, and is suspected in a robbery at a U.S. Bank in Lakewood on May 30.
- U.S. Bank in La Habra on May 17
- U.S. Bank in Aliso Viejo on May 21
- U.S. Bank in Orange on May 29 (attempt)
- Wells Fargo Bank in Huntington Beach on May 29
Kjelland was charged in a federal criminal complaint with four counts of bank robbery. Kjelland had an initial appearance in United States District Court on Monday and was detained. Kjelland faces a statutory maximum penalty of 80 years in federal prison if convicted of all counts in the complaint.
The Garden Grove Police Department and the Huntington Beach Police Department assisted the BRAT (FBI/OCSD) with the investigation of Kjelland.
In a separate case, the BRAT arrested Albert Jamel Limbrick, 25, of Long Beach, who is suspected of robbing a Farmers and Merchants Bank in Laguna Hills on March 20, 2014. Limbrick was arrested by SWAT officers with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department on May 30. Limbrick is being prosecuted by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
The BRAT task force continues to seek the public’s assistance in learning the identity and the whereabouts of the Quad Bandit. The Quad Bandit was linked to four bank robberies on Saturday, March 22, after a similarly described male suspect struck four banks in Buena Park, California. The suspect was described as a white male wearing a white crewneck shirt, jeans, sunglasses, and a tan L.A. Dodgers baseball hat. The Quad Bandit used a note demanding cash to attempt a robbery at three banks before successfully robbing the fourth and getting away.
The FBI, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and the Buena Park Police Department are conducting the joint investigation. The Quad Bandit has been linked to the following bank/attempt robberies:
- Wells Fargo 6090 Ball Rd., Buena Park
- Bank Of America 6210 Beach Blvd., Buena Park
- Chase 7964 Beach Blvd., Buena Park
- Chase 8901 Valley View Street, Buena Park
Bank surveillance photographs of the Quad Bandit are being provided to the media. Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is urged to contact their nearest FBI office or dial 911. In the Los Angeles/Orange County area, the FBI can be reached at all times at 310 477-6565.
Additional information about bank robbers currently wanted by the FBI’s Los Angeles Division and its law enforcement partners can be found at www.labankrobbers.org.