Investigators don't know if the bandit is committing the bank robberies alone or with others, however, law enforcement began using title "Sport Bike Bandit" after the unidentified male conducted a takeover-style bank robbery in 2008 wearing a black motorcycle helmet and leather jacket, as well as a colored bandana and black sunglasses.
In recent robberies, the bandit's helmet has been described as having black or orange, shiny tape on it.
The following is a list of banks linked to the Sport Bike Bandit:
- 7/25/08 Bank of America 6351 East Spring Long Beach
- 9/12/08 Bank of America 880 East Colorado Pasadena (Attempt)
- 10/28/08 First Bank 6200 East PCH Long Beach
- 1/12/09 Union Bank 20 Miraleste Plaza Rancho Palos Verdes
- 2/17/2009 Bank of America 11262 Los Alamitos Blvd. Los Alamitos
- 12/15/09 Citibank 2250 N. Bellflower Blvd. Long Beach
- 1/26/10 Cal National Bank 5767 Pacific Coast Hwy. Long Beach
Investigators say that during the first robbery in Long Beach on July 25, 2008, a male individual wearing a black motorcycle helmet came into the bank with at least one handgun and committed a takeover-style bank robbery by indicating a robbery was taking place and ordering victims to put their hands on the counter. After taking money from the bank, the robber fled the scene on a sport type motorcycle with California plates that may have contained the letter J.
Investigators say that during the robberies, the bandit wore a leather jacket and leather gloves. The bandit has been described by witnesses as nervous and as having his hand inside a black duffle bag. Witnesses have stated the bandit has no accent, uses profanity and has pointed his weapons at victims.
Witnesses describe the suspect as a male Caucasian or Hispanic between 30 and 40-years-old and five foot five inches to five foot eight inches with a medium build.
Anyone with information about the Sport Bike Bandits should call the Long Beach Police Department or FBI at 1-888-CANT HIDE or 1-888-226-8443.