'Whispering Bandit' caught in VC bank heist


At about 1 p.m. Friday, Ventura police received calls about a robbery at the City National Bank in the 1200 block of Victoria Avenue.

Authorities said a man entered the bank, approached an open teller, indicated it was a robbery and demanded money.

The teller complied and gave an undisclosed amount of currency containing colored dye to the suspect. After the suspect fled the bank, the dye pack exploded, leaving him with marked cash.

A few hours later, a witness spotted the suspect trying to wash the money in a pool at a motel on Johnson Drive. The witness notified police officers, who arrived and detained the suspect. He was identified as 46-year-old Tommy Miramontes of Oxnard.

He was dubbed the "Whispering Bandit" presumably because he was known to speak softly during his heists.

Miramontes was booked into Ventura County Jail for bank robbery. Authorities believe there may be a second suspect at large.

If you have any information regarding this case, you're urged to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

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