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'Ho-Hum Bandit' is wanted in 12 bank robberies

July 28, 2010 |  6:36 pm

Bandit_use A bank robber whose casual appearance and demeanor have earned him the FBI nickname of the Ho-Hum Bandit is wanted for a five-month string of heists throughout Southern California.

Tellers and other witnesses describe the bandit as 25 to 35 years old, 160 to 170 pounds, with brown hair. He favors baseball caps, blue jeans, white sneakers and sometimes wears glasses.

Unlike many bank robbers, however, he makes little attempt to avoid being photographed by surveillance cameras or to wear clothing to disguise his identity.

His first seven robberies were in San Diego; then he pulled holdups in Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach in Orange County before a solo job in Cathedral City in Riverside County. The bandit then  returned to rob banks in Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach, the FBI said.

The robber apparently is not afraid to go back to the scene of his crimes. In San Diego, he hit the same bank twice, the same pattern exists with the Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach robberies, the FBI said.

--Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: The Ho-Hum Bandit in a surveillance photo during a July 24 holdup in Laguna Beach.

Credit: FBI