‘Cal Bear Bandit’ Robs Third Orange County Bank

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The FBI released this photo of a robber, believed to be the Cal Bear Bandit, who hit a Bank of America in Costa Mesa on Sept. 8, 2014.

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A serial robber struck his third Orange County bank Monday, this time targeting a Bank of America in Costa Mesa.

Dubbed the Cal Bear Bandit because he has worn a California Republic hat in multiple instances, he was described as a white man in his 20s, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation official Laura Eimilier.

The bank robberies linked to the Cal Bear Bandit were a Farmers and Merchants Bank in Orange last Wednesday and a Chase Bank in San Juan Capistrano on Aug. 20.

In the most recent incident the robber passed a note to the teller demanding cash and stating he had a weapon and explosive device.

No explosives were found following an initial investigation.

The Costa Mesa Police Department, Orange Police Department and Orange County Bank Robbery Apprehension Team were working together on the case.

A second serial robber, the Hills Bandit, was also believed to have robbed an Orange County bank Monday.

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