Police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a suspect who has allegedly robbed more than a dozen banks in the Los Angeles area this month, including four in Santa Monica.
Most recently, the male suspect, dubbed the “Salt and Pepper Bank Bandit” due to the color of his hair, allegedly robbed a Bank of America at 11501 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Los Angeles at 12:18 p.m. Saturday, January 24th, Los Angeles police said.
The suspect is wanted in connection to at least 12 other bank robberies between January 5th and January 22nd, police said. Four of the incidents occurred at Santa Monica banks — the US Bank, 3302 Pico Blvd., January 5th; Union Bank, 2001 Wilshire Blvd., January 8th; Washington Mutual, 2701 Wilshire Blvd., January 17th; and First Bank, 2701 Wilshire Blvd., January 20th, police said.
The suspect is described as a black man, five-feet-11, 170 pounds, with a mustache and goatee, police said. He wears a two-tone reversible black-and-gray jacket.
Detectives said that in the robberies, the suspect allegedly presents a demand note to the teller, takes cash and leaves in a car described as a gold 1993-1997 Toyota Corolla.
Anyone with additional information is asked to call Los Angeles Police Department Det. Tracy Benjamin of the Robbery-Homicide Division at (213) 485-2511.
After hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at (877) 527-3247 (877-LAPD-24-7) or by texting CRIMES (274637) and beginning the message with the letters LAPD. Tips may also be submitted on the LAPD Web site at www.lapd online.org/.