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Monday, August 27, 2012

Make It Quick Bandit Linked to Bank Robbery at Gardena Bank


Gardena Bank Hit for the Third Time; $10,000 Reward Offered by U.S. Bank

An unidentified male bank robber linked to multiple robberies in the south bay area of Los Angeles County and known as the “Make It Quick” Bandit was linked to a bank robbery Friday in Gardena. The FBI and local law enforcement officers in Los Angeles County are seeking information leading to the suspect’s identity. Officials with U.S. Bank are offering a reward of up to $10,000 in exchange for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the Make It Quick Bandit.

During today’s robbery at a U.S. Bank located inside a Vons supermarket, the suspect robbed the bank at approximately 11:30 a.m. after presenting a note demanding cash. Today’s robbery is the third linked to the suspect at the same bank branch.

During other robberies, the suspect has been seen in bank surveillance photos wearing sunglasses and has indicated to victim tellers that one or more people are waiting outside of the bank. The suspect robs banks inside grocery stores, and witnesses have advised investigators that he usually spends time wandering the aisles of the grocery store.

The Make It Quick Bandit is further described as Hispanic with dark hair, possibly thinning on top, with a goatee; 5’10” to 6’1” tall, 200–230 lbs., and between 25-35 years of age.

The Make It Quick Bandit has been linked to the following robberies:

■January 4, 2009: U.S. Bank 1221 S. Gaffey San Pedro
■June 25, 2011: U.S. Bank 1221 S. Gaffey San Pedro
■September 21, 2011: U.S. Bank 500 E. Manchester Inglewood
■October 26, 2011: U.S. Bank 200 E. Sepulveda Carson
■November 13, 2011: U.S. Bank 500 E. Manchester Inglewood
■December 21, 2011: U.S. Bank 1260 W. Redondo Beach Gardena
■June 30, 2012: U.S. Bank 1260 W. Redondo Beach Gardena
■July 14, 2012: U.S. Bank 1770 W. Carson Torrance
■August 24, 12: U.S. Bank 1260 W. Redondo Beach Gardena

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

Bank surveillance photographs of the Make It Quick Bandit are below. Additional information about bank robbers currently wanted by the FBI’s Los Angeles Division can be found at www.labankrobbers.org.

This investigation is being conducted by detectives and officers with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department; Gardena Police Department; Inglewood Police Department; Torrance Police Department; and agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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