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Bad Beard Bandit indicted

By From page A1 | April 28, 2014

The Bad Beard Bandit was indicted on four counts of bank robbery on April 24.

Gerardo Lopez, 28, of Half Moon Bay, better known as the Bad Beard Bandit, was charged with four counts of bank robbery by a federal grand jury, a press release from U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

Court documents allege that between November 2013 and February 2014, Lopez entered four banks wearing a fake beard. He handed notes to tellers demanding money. The banks were in Ripon, Manteca, Tracy and Turlock.

Lopez faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

The case was investigated by the FBI and the police departments of Ripon, Manteca, Turlock, Tracy, Sunnyvale, Capitola, Dublin and San Jose. Assistant United States Attorney Olusere Olowoyeye is prosecuting the case.

Cole Mayer

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