A Thursday bank heist in Rosemead was the work of a serial bandit linked to at least five bank robberies and attempted robberies throughout Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, officials said Friday.
In addition to the robbery at a Bank of the West branch in Rosemead Thursday, the “Don’t Even Bandit” is also sought in connection with four other bank robberies in Alhambra, Covina, Fontana and Ontario dating back to Aug. 27, FBI officials said in a written statement.
The other crimes linked to the bandit include: a Sept. 17 robbery at a One West branch, 144 N. 2nd Street in Covina; a Sept. 8 robbery at a Bank of the West branch, 855 W. Valley Blvd. in Alhambra; a failed Sept. 7 robbery at a Citibank branch, 8401 Sierra Boulevard in Fontana; and an Aug. 27 robbery at a Bank of America branch, 735 N. Euclid Ave. in Ontario, according to the FBI.
“He got his name based on witnesses describing that his verbal demands included the threatening language, “don’t even,” FBI spokeswoman Ari DeKofsky said.
In all five crimes, the bandit’s tactics were similar, she added.
In addition to verbally demanding cash, the robber passes a teller a note, DeKofsky said. “They’re very short, basically just indicating it is a robbery.”
No weapon has been seen during the crimes, however because of the violent nature of bank robbery, DeKofsky said the suspect is considered “armed and dangerous.”
The Don’t Even Bandit is described as a black man between 30 and 35 years old, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall and 150 to 170 pounds, officials said. He was seen wearing baseball caps in all five crimes.
In the most recent robbery in Rosemead, he was seen fleeing the area in a black Nissan Versa, possibly a 2010 model, with no tinting on the windows and a California license plate, officials said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 888-226-8443, or a local law enforcement agency.
SURVEILLANCE PHOTO courtesy of the FBI