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FBI seeks 'Bubble Wrap Bandit' bank robber

September 16, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The FBI is searching for a bank robbery suspect dubbed the "Bubble Wrap Bandit."A Bank of the West branch in La Mirada was robbed on Tuesday at 3:02 p.m. by a man suspected of robbing three other banks in the area, including two in Bell Gardens and one in South Gate.

The suspect has been dubbed the "Bubble Wrap Bandit" because in at least one robbery he presented the teller with an envelope with bubble wrap insulation inside of it.

In Tuesday's Bank of the West robbery, the suspect gave a teller a note saying he had a gun and wanted money. The suspect absconded in a red sedan with an undisclosed amount of money.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic or Polynesian male, about 35 to 40 years old, standing 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, weighing about 200 to 240 pounds.

If you have information related to this suspect, you're asked to call authorities.

Contact Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Norwalk Station Detective Flores at (562) 902-2976 or (562) 863-8711. Or, the FBI in Los Angeles can be reached 24 hours a day at 888 CANT HIDE.


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