Unidentified Male Bank Robbery Suspect Known as Seasoned Bandit Sought by Law Enforcement Partners
Linked to Nine Bank Robberies in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara Counties
LOS ANGELES—An unidentified bank robbery suspect nicknamed “The Seasoned Bandit,” is being sought by the FBI and law enforcement partners in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara Counties in connection with at least nine bank robberies since April 2017.
The suspect, further described as a white male in his 50s or 60s, wears casual clothing, a hat and sunglasses, and can be seen in bank surveillance photographs being distributed to the press. The moniker “Seasoned Bandit” was assigned based on the bandit’s suspected age and grey-white hair.
During the robberies, the Seasoned Bandit passes a note in which he demands cash and threatens a gun if the victim teller does not comply with his demands.
The banks linked to the Seasoned Bandit are listed below:
- Montecito Bank & Trust April 27, 2017 Carpinteria
- Union Bank May 24, 2017 Carpinteria
- Wells Fargo June 12, 2017 Newhall
- Chase Bank June 27, 2017 Newhall
- Golden 1 July 7, 2017 Goleta
- Logix FCU July 25, 2017 Valencia
- California Credit Union August 8, 2017 Valencia
- Wescom Credit Union August 21, 2017 Stevenson Ranch
- Coast Hills Credit Union September 6, 2017 Santa Maria
The investigation of the Seasoned Bandit is being conducted by law enforcement partners with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office; the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department; the Santa Maria Police Department; and the FBI.
Anyone with information as to the identity or whereabouts of the Seasoned Bandit is urged to contact the law enforcement agencies investigating this case or dial 911. In Los Angeles the FBI may be reached 24 hours a day at 310 477-6565.
For information about additional bank robbers being sought in the Los Angeles region, please visit www.labankrobbers.org.