'Bad Hatter Bandit' strikes area banks

12:20 PM, Jan 31, 2013   |    comments
  • Chase Bank surveillance camera image of man robbing 3501 Del Paso Boulevard branch in Sacramento, Jan. 29, 2013
  • Chase Bank surveillance camera image of man robbing 1800 Douglas Boulevard branch in Roseville, Jan. 10, 2013
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SACRAMENTO, CA - A bank robber who uses different stolen getaway cars in each crime has struck three times in recent weeks, according to investigators.

Still, the Sacramento Violent Crimes Task Force and FBI have learned the perpetrator always wear a black hat of some variety and carries a leather folio.

The man has twice robbed a Chase Bank at 3501 Del Paso Boulevard (Nov. 29, 2012 and Jan. 29, 2013) and a Chase Bank at 1800 Douglas Boulevard, Roseville (Jan. 10), says the task force. He was described as black, 5 feet 7 to 9 inches tall with a small build.

His modus operandi is to approach a teller and demand cash. He indicates he is armed.

In the Jan. 29 robbery, there was a second man with the first man. The second man was described as black, 5 feet 9 to 11 inches tall with an average build. He also spoke to the teller, saying he had a weapon.

No one was hurt in the crimes.

Investigators say because of the verbal threats, they considered those involved as armed and dangerous.

Witnesses reported seeing other individuals in the getaway cars.

Anyone who recognizes the robber in the accompanying bank security camera photos was asked to contact the FBI at (916) 481-9110, Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP, Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916) 783-7867, Roseville Police Department or Sacramento Police Department. Callers who provide information to Crime Alert and Roseville Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.


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