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Security camera images of the FBI's "Haggler Bandit"

The FBI is seeking a bank robbery suspect that has hit two banks close to West Hollywood, along with several others elsewhere.

The unidentified male bank robber has been linked to three bank robberies and two attempted bank robberies in the past week; four of the incidents occurred in the past day. The Haggler Bandit is described as an unidentified black male, between 5’8” and 6’, between 150-170 lbs. and anywhere from in his late 20s to 40 years of age.

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The suspect was given the nickname, “Haggler Bandit” based on the fact that victim tellers described him as having “haggled” to some extent over the amount of money he expected to receive based on his demand for cash.

The suspect passes a note to the victim teller during the robberies. During today’s attempted robbery, the suspect verbally threatened a weapon. Below is the list of banks linked to the suspect:

8/22/12 Citibank 161 West California Pasadena, Robbery

8/30/12 Wells Fargo 655 N. Fair Oaks Pasadena, Attempted Robbery

8/30/12 Chase 690 W. Huntington Monrovia, Robbery

8/31/12 Chase 100 N. La Cienega Los Angeles, Attempted Robbery

8/31/12 Citibank 300 S. Fairfax Los Angeles, Robbery

This case is being investigated by the Pasadena Police Department, the Monrovia Police Department, the Los Angeles Police Department and the FBI. Anyone with information as to the identity of the Haggler Bandit, should contact one of these agencies or dial 911. In southern California, the FBI may be reached 24 hours a day at 888 CANT HIDE (888 226-8443).

Additional information about bank robbers currently wanted by the FBI’s Los Angeles Division can be found at www.labankrobbers.org.

In Los Angeles, the FBI can be reached toll free, 24 hours a day, at 888 CANT HIDE (888 226-8443). Or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org

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