A prolific serial bank robber dubbed the “Tri-Cities Bandit” struck for the second time in Pasadena Wednesday, then just over an hour later in La Verne, authorities said.
“The suspect is known to law enforcement as the Tri-Cities Bandit after he was linked to bank robberies in the cities of Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena,” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said in a written statement.
His criminal resume has since tripled, as he is suspected of a six-robbery spree over the past week, officials said.
“During the robberies, the Tri-Cities Bandit enters the bank and approaches the teller with a note demanding money in large denominations,” she said.
The bandit walked into the Bank of the West, 2500 E. Colorado Blvd., about 3:30 p.m. and, like usual, handed a note to a teller demanding cash, Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema said.
After receiving about $900, he fled the bank and was last seen in a nearby parking lot, the lieutenant said. He may have gotten into a car, however no witnesses reported seeing it.
A second robbery was carried out by the same bandit at a La Verne bank just before 5 p.m., La Verne police Lt. Gary Mason said.
The robber walked into the U.S. Bank, 1933 Foothill Blvd., handed a teller a demand note and ran off with about $2,500, Mason said.
In both heists, police described the robber as a Latino man in his 30s, of thin build, with a mustache. No weapons were seen in either robbery.
“In the most recent robbery in the City of La Verne, the Tri-Cities Bandit was seen leaving the bank in a white vehicle driven by another individual, who was not further described,” according to a bulletin issued Thursday by the FBI.
The car resembled a late-model, four-door Volkswagon Passat bearing dealer license plates, officials said. The driver may have damaged the right rear tire and hubcap while fleeing the scene.
The FBI has previously described the Tri-Cities Bandit as a Latino man in his 30s, 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, about 155 pounds, with short dark hair and a goatee.
The crime in Pasadena Wednesday was the second time the Tri-Cities Bandit has visited the city in a month, police and FBI officials said. He tried, but failed, to rob a Wells Fargo Branch, 82 S. Lake Ave., on July 19.
He handed a teller a note demanding “large bills,” Hettema said. The teller told him she had none, and the bandit fled empty-handed.
According to the FBI, the Tri-Cities Bandit is also being sought for an Aug. 16 robbery at a Bank of America branch in Los Angeles; an Aug. 15 robbery at a OneWest bank in Chino Hills; an Aug. 12 robbery at a Grandpoint bank in Brentwood; an Aug. 11 robbery at an EastWest bank in Tarzana; a July 20 robbery at a Wells Fargo in Glendale; and a June 13 robbery at a Citibank in Burbank.
He does not wear a disguise during his crimes and dresses casually.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Los Angeles office of the FBI at 888-226-8443.