‘Apologetic Bandit’ Sought in Series of O.C. Robberies

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Authorities released surveillance video Friday of a man dubbed the “Apologetic Bandit” after a Mission Viejo gas station was robbed earlier in the morning.

Apologetic Bandit Mission Viejo Arco Robbery

Surveillance video shows the “Apologetic Bandit” during a robbery in Mission Viejo on Oct. 4, 2013. (credit: Orange County Sheriff’s Department)

The robber, armed with a small handgun, entered the Arco gas station located on Crown Valley Parkway near the 5 Freeway at about 3:30 a.m., according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Video showed the clerk pull out the cash register drawer and hand over money to the robber, who then left the store on foot.

During the robbery, the suspect was apologetic and told the clerk to “Have a good night” before he left the business, a sheriff’s department news release stated.

The man in the video was believed to be the same person responsible for several other robberies in the South Orange County area over the course of the last year, according to investigators.

“In each of the previous robberies, the suspect clothing description was identical and he has been apologetic or extremely polite to the clerk,” the department stated.

The robber was described as being about 20 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall with a small build wearing all black clothing, a black mask with glasses on the outside and black converse shoes.

Anyone with information was asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at 714-647-7000.

Those who wish to remain anonymous can contact Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-847-6227 (855-TIP-OCCS) or at occrimestoppers.org.