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News Release

Friday, January 23, 2009

Media Relations

Man Wanted for Series of Bank Robberies

Los Angeles: Robbery-Homicide Detectives are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a serial bank robbery suspect.

On January 24, 2009, at around 12:18 noon, the Salt & Pepper bandit hit the Bank of America located at 11501 Santa Monica Boulevard.

The suspect has allegedly robbed at least 12 banks since January 5 to January 22, 2009.  He has been nicknamed “Salt & Pepper Bank Bandit” due to his hair.  His method of operation is to present a

 note to the teller and demand cash.  Afterwards, the suspect flees in a getaway car described as a gold   1993-1997 Toyota Corolla.

The suspect is a male Black and has mustache and goatee.  He wears a two tone reversible black and grey jacket.  He stands 5 feet 11 inches and weighs 170 pounds.

 1201 N. CENTRAL AVE  THU  1-22-09 1:00 PM  CITIBANK
 2701 WILSHIRE BLVD  TUE  1-20-09 12:34 PM
 2701 WILSHIRE BLVD  SAT  1-17-09 11:32 PM  WASH. MUTUAL
 464 N. FAIRFAX  FRI   1-16-09 13:58 PM  FIRST FEDERAL
 10680 W. PICO BLVD   THU 1-15-09 3:25 PM  CITIBANK
 6245 WILSHIRE BLVD  THU  1-15-09 11:30 AM  WELLS FARGO
 13900 SEAL BEACH BL  SAT  1-10-09 10:15 AM  WASH.  MUTUAL
 2001 WILSHIRE BLVD  THU  1-08-09 11:58 AM  UNION BANK
 16001 VENTURA BLVD  THU  1-08-09 11:00 AM  CITIBANK
 310 N. FAIRFAX AV  TUE  1-06-09 10:30 AM  WASH.  MUTUAL
 2566 OVERLAND AV  TUE  1-06-09 9:10 AM  CAL NATIONAL
 3302 W. PICO BLVD  MON 1-05-09 12:03 AM  US BANK

Surveillance photographs are available through Media Relations Section.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Tracy Benjamin, Robbery-Homicide Division at 213-485-2511.  After hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 or by texting CRIMES (274637) and beginning the message with the letters LAPD.  Tipsters may also submit information on the LAPD website  Tipsters may remain anonymous.