‘Lugar Bandit’: Violent Bank Robber Strikes Again

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An armed takeover robber dubbed the “Luger Bandit” struck for the 7th time on Wednesday at Chase Bank branch in San Dimas, according to the FBI.


Surveillance pictures of a bank robber dubbed the “Luger Bandit” linked to a series of takeover robberies. (Credit: FBI)

Wednesday’s robbery at the bank on Via Verde Avenue was the first time the Luger Bandit has struck since January, according to a news release from the FBI.

The bandit was being sought in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, in connection with a series of robberies dating back to June 2013 at Wells Fargo banks in Granada Hills, Fontana and Corona, at a Chase bank in Mira Loma and a Bank of America branch in Corona.

He was also suspected in an unsuccessful robbery at a Wells Fargo bank in San Dimas, the release stated.

During each robbery, the Luger Bandit ordered employees and customers to the ground, brandished a weapon and demanded cash in various denominations, according to a news release from the FBI.

His weapon was described by witnesses as silver in color and resembling a German Luger-style weapon, the release stated.

In previous robberies, witnesses linked the robber to a charcoal gray BMW, 3-series with a sports package.

In bank surveillance photos, the man was seen wearing pullover sweatshirts with hoods and jeans, as well as a facemask, sunglasses and black gloves to conceal his appearance.

He was also carrying a black bag with a strap during the robberies.

Two of the banks hit by the bandit were offering a combined reward of up to $15,000 for information leading to his arrest and conviction, the release stated.

Anyone with information as to the man’s identity or whereabouts was urged to contact the FBI at at 310 477-6565 or dial 911.

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