ALHAMBRA — A bank heist in Alhambra Thursday is believed to be the latest crime of a serial robber the FBI calls, the “Golden Years Bandit,” authorities said Friday.
The robbery was reported about 12:20 p.m. at a Chase branch, 808 Main Street, police and FBI officials said.
It was at least the third robbery believed linked to the bandit, described by witnesses as being in his 50s, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said in a written statement.
In Thursday’s robbery, “He went to first available teller and passed a note with his demands,” Alhambra police Lt. Dan Rodriguez said.
After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the robber left.
A grey SUV was seen leaving the area around the time of the crime, Rodriguez said, though it was not clear Friday whether the SUV was involved in the robbery.
“In the robberies, the Golden Years bandit passed a type-written note which demands large bills and threatened that if the victim teller did not comply with his demands, they would be hurt,” Eimiller said.
“The note also suggested that the bandit was working with partner located outside the bank, who would shoot anyone who tried to follow him out of the bank,” she added.
A second robber has not been seen during the crimes, officials said.
The “Golden Years Bandit” is believed to have robbed a Bank of America branch in Rosemead on March 17, and a Bank of America branch in Alhambra on Jan. 23, Eimiller said.
Bank surveillance photos taken from robberies show a similar-looking suspect robbing an East West Bank in San Gabriel on June 26 and a Citizens Business Bank in La Caada Flintridge on June 11, however it was not clear late Friday if those heists were also officially linked to the serial bandit.
The “Golden Years Bandit” is described as a white man, about 5 feet 11 inches tall, of large build, with grey hair and a mustache, according to the FBI.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the FBI at 310-477-6565 or local police.
PHOTO courtesy of the FBI