“This bandit, or as we call him, the Seasoned Bandit, is now linked to nine bank robberies, in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles County and now Santa Maria”, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller told The Signal Friday.
During the heists, the suspect usually passes a note in which he demands cash and threatens to use his gun if the bank teller does not comply with his demands, officials said. Authorities have deemed the serial robber the “Seasoned Bandit”.
He then reportedly targeted a California Credit Union in Valencia on August 10 and a Wescom Credit Union in Stevenson Ranch on August 21 before retargeting Santa Barbara County.
The white male in his 50s or 60s wears casual clothing, a hat and sunglasses. The banks that were robbed were in these locations: Manhattan Beach, June 27; El Segundo, July 20; Gardena, Aug. 28; and an attempted robbery in Torrance on Aug. 28.
– Tuesday June 27: A couple of minutes before 5 p.m., a lone male walked into the Chase Bank branch on Lyons Avenue at Apple Street.
” California Credit Union in Valencia on August 10″.
The investigation of the Seasoned Bandit is being conducted by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Santa Maria Police Department, and the FBI.
Authorities request that anyone who has information about the Seasoned Bandit’s identity or whereabouts contact law enforcement.