“No Bands” bank robbery suspect in custody

The suspected “No Bands Bandit” wanted for robbing banks in Hacienda Heights and Santa Ana was arrested Thursday afternoon after someone tipped off authorities.
The FBI gave the bandit the moniker because he told tellers he didn’t want cash with any bands.
“A witness recognized the suspect from a wanted flier and called the FBI,” Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Parker said.
He said parolee Joseph William Kipp, 52, was arrested by FBI agents and deputies at a parole office in Anaheim.
“The suspect has implicated himself in the two robberies,” Parker said.
He added that Kipp is a transient who lives in a car and frequents Santa Ana.
FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said Kipp will be charged in state court with bank robbery.
The “No Bands Bandit” robbed the U.S. Bank at 2040 S Hacienda Blvd. in Hacienda Heights on Tuesday and the U.S. Bank at 2740 N Grand Ave. in Santa Ana on Aug. 4.
He used a note demanding money and told tellers to give him cash without bands.
While no weapon was seen in the Hacienda Heights robbery, Eimiller said the bandit lifted his clothing and showed a teller a weapon in the Santa Ana robbery.
Deputies said Kipp will be booked at a sheriff’s station and will be held without bail since he is a parolee.
- From staff writer Ruby Gonzales

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