SACRAMENTO -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking the public for help in identifying a serial bank robbery suspect who they say is connected to nearly a half-dozen Northern California heists, including thefts from banks in the East Bay and South Bay.
The suspect -- dubbed the "Bad Beard Bandit" -- is believed to have participated in five robberies that began late last month and took place over a three-week period, agents said. The first heist, they say, took place Nov. 21 at the Bank of the West located at 411 W. Main St., in Ripon. The subsequent robberies occurred on Nov. 26 at the Chase Bank at 123 Spreckels Ave., in Manteca; on Dec. 3, at the Chase Bank at 691 W. 11th St., in Tracy; on Dec. 4, at the Chase Bank at 4520 Dublin Blvd., in Dublin and on Dec. 10 at the Citibank at 395 W El Camino Real in Sunnyvale.
While authorities say a weapon not been seen during the robberies, the suspect is considered armed and dangerous.
The stocky, white or Hispanic suspect is believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s and has donned a dark, poor quality, fake beard in each of the robberies.
Police said he is 5 foot 9 inches with dark brown or black hair and wore blue jeans, ball caps, hooded sweatshirts and lightweight zip-front jackets during the heists.
Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to contact the FBI at 209- 474-8293. Additional details and photos are available on the FBI's Wanted Bank Robbers website: https://bankrobbers.fbi.gov.
Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.