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'Golden Years' bandit hits San Gabriel bank

Police are searching for a bank robbery suspect dubbed as the "Golden Years" bandit. The suspect, who is described to be in his 50s or 60s, has been linked to three bank robberies since March.
July 3, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A bank robber dubbed by police as the "Golden Years" bandit has been linked to a third bank robbery in San Gabriel.The robbery occurred at around 11:15 a.m. last Saturday at an East West Bank located at 140 West Valley Boulevard. The suspect ordered a teller to "not say a word," and demanded cash in denominations of 100s, 50s and 20s.

He further threatened that if the teller did not comply, someone would get hurt. He then reached for his waistband and allegedly signaled that he had a weapon. He also told the teller that he had a partner with him, and if the teller did not comply, the partner would open fire.

The details of this robbery are similar to two previous robberies linked with the suspect. The other robberies occurred on Jan. 23 in Alhambra and on March 17 in Rosemead.

During the most recent robbery, witnesses say the suspect wore blue jeans, jean jacket, blue shirt and a green hat. Witnesses also describe the suspect as a white male in his 50s or 60s with a large build with grey hair and mustache.

The suspect is believed to be driving an older model, beige van as a getaway vehicle.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact FBI Special Agent Minh Tran at (626) 931-7063 or FBI Special Agent Steve May at (310) 864-7394.


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