‘Green Gaiter Bandit’ wanted in connection with 14 Southern California bank robberies or attempts

An unidentified suspect the FBI calls the “Green Gaiter Bandit” is wanted in connection with more than a dozen robberies or attempted bank robberies in Southern California.

Authorities have asked for the public’s help in identifying the suspect, who received his nickname based on a green face covering and neck he wears in some surveillance footage.

He is believed to be a white male with gray hair who is around 6 feet tall and between 50 and 60 years old. He was seen wearing a tan jacket as well as gaiters in colors other than green and “a variation of workwear-style clothing,” authorities said Wednesday.

The series of robberies or attempts in which he is suspected – at least 14 in total – date back to October, with the last one taking place last Friday. Banks targeted include Chase and Wells Fargo branches.

On robberies, he normally approaches a cashier and asks for money verbally or with a note, or both, authorities said.

The FBI along with the Huntington Beach Police Department, Costa Mesa Police Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Gardena Police Department, Placentia Police Department, and Torrance Police Department conduct the investigation.

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