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Public's help sought in search for 'Tourist Bandit'

August 25, 2011 | 12:35 pm

Images of the "Tourist Bandit."

Authorities are seeking the public’s help in tracking down a bank robber, dubbed the “Tourist Bandit,” who is suspected of holding up two Bank of America branches in Los Angeles.

The first robbery occurred Monday at a Bank of America located in the 8000 block of Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, according to information released by the FBI. The suspect, described as a white male in his 40s wearing a hooded sweatshirt with yellow UCLA lettering, threatened the teller with a bomb and a gun, authorities said. Neither of the weapons was seen, officials said.

In the second robbery, which occurred Wednesday at a bank branch in Venice, the suspect wore a hooded sweatshirt with yellow lettering that said “Venice Beach, CA,” authorities said. The letters were underscored by a logo that was unclear in surveillance photos, according to information from the FBI.  The robber again made threats with an unrevealed bomb and a gun, officials said.

Authorities did not reveal how much money was stolen.

Anyone with information about either robbery is urged to contact the FBI at (888) 226-8443, or call 911.

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Photos: Images of the "Tourist Bandit." Credit: FBI

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