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'Balding Bandit' arrested at Hesperia home

The search is on for the 'balding bandit' bank robber who struck three La Mirada banks since May.

September 14, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A suspect dubbed the "Balding Bandit" was arrested on Monday. He is accused in three bank robberies in La Mirada.Authorities said 44-year-old Steven Gary Platis of Whittier was taken into custody at a home in Hesperia at about 12:30 a.m. and is being held on $520,000 bail.

The robberies happened at a Chase branch in May and July, and then again at a Banco Popular on Sept. 7. In the robberies, Platis allegedly handed notes to the tellers, threatening that he had a weapon.

The FBI dubbed him the "Balding Bandit" because of his apparent receding hairline.

Platis is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at Downey Courthouse

City News Service contributed to this story.

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