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FBI searching for man who robbed 9 banks in Santa Barbara, LA Counties

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The FBI is searching for a prolific bank robber who has robbed nine banks in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles Counties.

The "Seasoned Bandit" has successfully robbed four banks in Santa Barbara County since April, 2017.

The following banks have fallen victim to the "Seasoned Bandit" in the last year:

  • Montecito Bank & Trust in Carpinteria, April 27 
  • Union Bank in Carpinteria, May 24 
  • Wells Fargo in Newhall, June 12
  • Chase Bank, Newhall  June 27
  • Golden 1, Goleta  July 7
  • Logix FCU, Valencia July 25
  • California Credit Union, Valencia August 10 
  • Wescom Credit Union, Stevenson Ranch August 21
  • Coast Hills Credit Union, Santa Maria September 6

Authorities say the suspect is a white male in his 50's or 60's. The "Seasoned Bandit" moniker was assigned due to the suspect's age and gray hair.

During the robberies he wears casual clothing, a hat and sunglasses. The suspect presents a note to the bank teller and demands cash and makes threats regarding a gun.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Santa Maria Police Department are assisting with the investigation.

Anyone with information about the "Seasoned Bandit" is asked to contact one of the local law enforcement agencies investigating this case or dial 911. The Los Angeles branch of the FBI may be reached 24 hours a day at (310) 477-6565. 


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