Public’s Help Sought In Identifying ‘New Hats Bandits’

(Photo courtesy LASD)

The “New Hat Bandits” have been linked to robberies in Monterey Park, Manhattan Beach, and Rosemead. (Photo courtesy LASD)

MONTEREY PARK (CBSLA.com) — Authorities sought the public’s help Wednesday in identifying suspects linked to five Southland bank robberies in recent weeks.

The “New Hat Bandits” are suspected of robberies over the past six weeks in the cities of Rosemead, Monterey Park and, most recently, Manhattan Beach, according to investigators.

Authorities say during the robberies, the New Hat Bandits – who have been reportedly seen wearing baseball hats that appear to be new – enter the bank and make oral and written demands for cash.

The suspects are described by witnesses as black males between 5’06” to 5’08” in height, between 150 to 170 lbs; and aged in their thirties, authorities said. Witnesses have described a possible black Lincoln Navigator as the getaway vehicle.

Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the suspects is urged to contact their nearest FBI office or dial 911.

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