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Bank robber strikes OC bank twice

January 2, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
In Orange County, the search is on for a bank robber who has hit one bank twice in the last few weeks. The first time, he got away with thousands of dollars.The suspect was caught on camera inside the bank, as well as outside as he walked past an ATM after one of the robberies.

Surveillance photos show the suspect leaving the bank with cash in hand. Police allege that there was about $6,000 stuffed in his pockets, money he allegedly stole during the first robbery at a Citibank in Orange, at 4050 W. Metropolitan Drive, December 11.

"He basically just gives the teller a note, which says something to the effect of, 'Give me the money, this is a robbery,'" said Orange Police Dept. Sgt. Dan Adams. "And the tellers hand over the money, and he simply walks out of the bank."

Authorities have nicknamed the suspect "The Scarface Bandit" because of a scar on his left cheek.

"One of the eyewitnesses has described it as a scar. Another eyewitness has described it as either a smudge or a birthmark," said Sgt. Adams. "There's definitely something prominent on his left cheek that makes him stand out."

The same scar was noticed by a witness the second time he's accused of robbing the same bank, more than two weeks later.

Police say it happened before 4 p.m. each time. Again, authorities say he showed the teller a note demanding money, and left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, between 25 and 35 years old, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-8-inches in height, and weighing about 200 pounds.

In the first robbery he wore a goatee and a bandage over his scar. The second robbery, he was clean-shaven. He also wore earrings.

"He hasn't produced a gun or any kind of weapon, or said that he has a gun, but that's not to say that he isn't carrying one," said Sgt. Adams. "Every bank robber should be considered very dangerous."

If you recognize the suspect or you know anything about the case, you are asked to call the Orange Police Dept. at (714) 744-7519.

So far police say they do not have a description of a suspect vehicle.


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