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'Desperate Bandit' robs US Bank in Placentia

Surveillance photos show a man suspected of being the serial bank robber who has been dubbed 'The Desperate Bandit' at a U.S. Bank in Placentia on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.
September 29, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A serial bank robber, dubbed by the FBI as "The Desperate Bandit," has struck again in Orange County.

Police said the suspect robbed the U.S. Bank on the 200 block of East Yorba Linda Boulevard in Placentia around 1:30 p.m. Friday. He presented the teller a note stating that he was armed, but no weapon was seen. He fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Authorities said that in previous bank robberies, his note said, "I am desperate." The suspect, described as a man in his 40s, has robbed a total of five banks, including one in Chino on Aug. 8 and another in Anaheim Hills on Sept. 5. On Sept. 14, he struck two banks, one in Tustin and one in Corona.

The suspect's vehicle was described as a white four-door Toyota Corolla with factory spoilers. Paper license plates with a red background and white lettering have been seen.

Anyone with information was asked to call police at (714) 993-8187.


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