‘Luger Bandit’ Linked To 6 Southern California Bank Robberies
CORONA (CBSLA.com) — The public’s help is needed to capture a bank robber dubbed the “Luger Bandit,” who is suspected of robbing six banks in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
The Luger Bandit’s most recent robbery happened last Wednesday in Corona, at a Wells Fargo bank branch at 11764 Depalma Road, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. He is also suspected in additional robberies in Mira Loma, Fontana and Granada Hills, and an attempt at a bank in San Dimas, as far back as Jan. 3, 2013.
In each robbery, the suspect orders employees and customers to the ground, brandishes a weapon and demands cash in various denominations. The suspect’s weapon has been described as silver in color and resembling a German Luger-style gun, Eimiller said.
The suspect has been described as a white or Hispanic male, about 30 to 40 years old, between 5-foot-8 and 6 feet tall and about 200 pounds. Surveillance video shows the suspect has worn pullover sweatshirts with hoods and jeans, as well as a face mask, sunglasses and black gloves to conceal his appearance. The suspect has also carried a black bag with a strap during the robberies.
Two of the banks that have been robbed are offering a combined reward of up to $15,000 for information leading to the Luger Bandit’s arrest and conviction.
Anyone with information about the suspect’s identity or location can contact the FBI or dial 911.