‘Button-Down Bandit’ Sought in 4 SoCal Bank Robberies

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Authorities were asking for help Tuesday finding a serial bank robber they’ve dubbed the “Button-down Bandit,” who is believed to have stolen from four Southern California banks.


Authorities believe these surveillance images from various bank robberies show the same man, dubbed the “Button-down Bandit.” (Credit: FBI)

The robber follows a familiar pattern: entering a bank and presenting a demand note to tellers. He has sometimes demanded $50 or $100 bills, suggesting someone would get hurt if the denominations weren’t issued.

Sometimes he states “don’t make me do it,” or “you have 30 seconds,” according to the FBI, which issued a news release about the bandit on Tuesday.

He was described as a slender white male with white hair, weighing 150 to 160 pounds and aged between 45 and 50.

Most recently, the robber was believed to have committed the robbery of a U.S. Bank branch in Riverside on Monday. The incident occurred at 5:10 p.m. a branch located inside a Ralphs supermarket, according to a news release from the Riverside Police Department.

In the previous week, he was believed to have robbed a U.S. Bank branch in La Quinta and and Bank of American branch in Seal Beach. He’s also suspected in the Nov. 15 robbery of a Yorba Lina Wells Fargo branch.

The FBI was working with law enforcement in Orange County and Riverside County on a joint investigation.

Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the robber was urged to contact their nearest FBI office or dial 911. To contact the Los Angeles Division, which covers seven counties from San Luis Obispo to Riverside, callĀ 310-477-6565.

Information about bank robbery suspects in Southern California collected atĀ labankrobbers.org.