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FBI Asks for Help Finding “McBandit” Bank Robber

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — The FBI is asking for help finding a bank robbery suspect linked to 13 heists across the country, including crimes in Glendora and Upland.

Authorities are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the so-called “McBandit,” also known as “the Ray-Bandit.”

The suspect was nicknamed “the Ray-Bandit” based on the sunglasses he’s suspected of wearing in the robberies that occurred in the Midwest.

In Southern California, he got the nickname “the McBandit” after he was seen in bank surveillance videos carrying a paper bag from McDonald’s.

The suspect has robbed banks in seven states, and recently struck in Virginia on Dec. 5, according to FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.

He allegedly robbed a U.S. Bank branch in Upland on Nov. 1, as well as a Chase branch inside a Ralphs grocery store in Glendora on Nov. 26.

Glendora police said that the suspect wore a baseball cap, mirrored sunglasses and a blue plaid shirt.

He presented the teller with a note demanding money, and was seen leaving in an newer-model vehicle similar to a Toyota Prius, police said.

The suspect is described as a white man about 20 to 25 years old with strawberry blond hair. He is about 5’8″ to 6’0″ tall and overweight.

Authorities say that he disguises himself with fake beards and false teeth, and he may also dye his hair different colors.

He has used the same vehicle in most of the robberies, which could be a tan or gray Hyundai Elantra. It’s an older model, with rear spoiler and a broken passenger-side light.

The suspect always wears something on his fingertips such as Band-Aids or rubber thimbles to conceal his identity, according to the FBI.

He wears sunglasses and always has on a long-sleeve shirt — possibly to cover tattoos on his arms, authorities said.

He has also worn a baseball-style cap with a Ford Shelby Cobra logo during some of the robberies.

Wanted ads are being displayed on digital billboards throughout the L.A. area, thanks to a partnership between Clear Channel Outdoor and the FBI.

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-CALL FBI, or in Los Angeles, you can contact the local field office at 1-888 CANTHIDE.