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'Sport Bike Bandit' photos released by FBI

The FBI and Long Beach Police have released photos of the 'Sport Bike Bandit,' hoping it will lead to an arrest.

February 4, 2010 12:23:45 AM PST
The FBI and Long Beach Police have released surveillance photos as they seek information leading to the arrest of the "Sport Bike Bandit". Investigators say the bandit, or group of bandits, have been linked to at least seven bank robberies in the past two months. All of the robberies have occurred in Los Angeles County.

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
During the robberies linked to this bandit, witnesses have indicated that a male enters the bank alone and draws one or more weapons, described as either a semi-automatic handgun or a revolver; the bandit has ordered customers and bank employees to the floor in some cases. During one of the robberies, the bandit temporarily took a hostage while waiting for tellers to comply with his demands. The bandit has been described as having fled the bank on a sport-type motorcycle; last described as a red or burgundy sport-bike, possibly a Honda.

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.