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‘Skipper Bandit' Wanted for Multiple Attempted Bank Robberies in San Fernando Valley

The FBI is asking for the public's help to identify the so-called "Skipper Bandit," wanted for robbing a bank and attempting to rob three others in the San Fernando Valley.

The man earned his nickname due to the fisherman's-style hat he wears during the crimes, the FBI said. He has also been seen in bank surveillance photos wearing sunglasses and a polo-style shirt.

On Sept. 24, the bandit robbed a Wells Fargo Bank located at 2933 Los Feliz Boulevard in Los Angeles. He also attempted to rob a Bank of America in Canoga Park on Aug. 27, a Wells Fargo Bank in Toluca Lake on Oct. 15 and a Bank of America in North Hollywood on Oct. 23, according to the FBI.

The suspect is described as Caucasian, Hispanic or Armenian, between the ages of 47 to 53. He weighs about 250 pounds and is 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall.

Witnesses have also described the Skipper Bandit as overweight with a light complexion and round face.

Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is urged to contact their nearest FBI office or dial 911. In Los Angeles, the FBI may be reached 24 hours a day at 310 477-6565.

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