The FBI is asking for assistance from the public to help identify the “Bad Beard Bandit,” connected to a string of five bank robberies in northern California.
The white or Hispanic male is described as stocky, 5 feet 9 inches tall and in his late 20s or early 30s, a press release stated. He has worn blue jeans, ball caps, hoodies and lightweight zip-up jackets during the robberies. He has dark brown or black hair. His nickname comes from wearing a poor-quality, dark-colored, fake beard during the robberies. While no weapon has been used during the commission of the robberies, the FBI still considers him armed and dangerous.
The Bad Beard Bandit is connected to the following robberies: Nov. 21, Bank of the West at 411 W. Main St. in Ripon; Nov. 26, Chase Bank at 123 Spreckels Avenue in Manteca; Dec. 3, Chase Bank at 691 W. 11th Street in Tracy; Dec. 4, Chase Bank at 4520 Dublin Boulevard in Dublin; and Dec. 10, Citibank at 395 W. El Camino Real in Sunnyvale.
Multiple law agencies including the FBI, Ripon Police Department, Manteca Police Department, Tracy Police Department, Dublin Police Department and the Sunnyvale Police Department are investigating the robberies and attempted robbery. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Stockton FBI office at 209-474-8293. Additional details are available at bankrobbers.fbi.gov.