The FBI and local police are looking for a robber who haggled with tellers and hit five banks in Pasadena, Monrovia and Los Angeles.
FBI officials said four of the robberies occurred this week.
The so-called “Haggler Bandit” uses a note demanding money but isn’t averse to haggling over the amount, hence the moniker bestowed on him by the FBI.
“The bandit is demanding large amounts of cash and when the teller replies that they simply don’t have that much cash, he seems to change his mind on the amount,” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.
“So there’s been a sort of back and forth with some of the tellers as far as the amount goes.”
The earliest heist tied to the bandit was the Aug. 22 robbery of a Citibank at 161 W. California Blvd. in Pasadena.
The bandit then tried to rob a Wells Fargo at 655 N. Fair Oaks Avenue in Pasadena on Thursday. On the same day, he robbed a Chase bank branch at 690 W. Huntington Drive in Monrovia.
On Friday, he was behind the attempted robbery of a Chase bank at 100 N. La Cienega Blvd. in Los Angeles and the robbery of a Citibank at 300 S. Fairfax Ave. in Los Angeles.
He said he had a weapon during Friday’s attempted robbery.
The suspect was described as a black man between 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall and weighing between 150 to 170 pounds. He was also described as being in his late 20s to being 40.
Pasadena Police Department, the Monrovia Police Department, the Los Angeles Police Department and the FBI are investigating the case.
Anyone with information on the identity of the “Haggler Bandit” is asked to call 9-1-1 or any of the agencies investigating the robberies. The FBI can be reached at 1-888-226-8443.
– Ruby Gonzales
PHOTOS of “Haggler Bandit” courtesy of the FBI