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'$5K Bandit' hits O.C. bank for a third time

September 13, 2012 |  2:54 pm

A robber, nicknamed the '5K Bandit,' has held up a Los Alamitos bank for a third time
A robber armed with a large kitchen knife has hit an Orange County bank for a third time, authorities said.

The "$5K Bandit" threatened a teller with the knife during the holdup at the US Bank branch on Pine Street in Los Alamitos early Tuesday, police said.

Officers arrived at the bank within minutes and detained a person matching the description of the suspect robber, but that man was later released.

Authorities believe the bandit used a similar knife during two robberies at the same bank branch on June 21, 2011, and June 30, 2012. He is also believed to be tied to robberies at a Bank of the West branch in Cerritos on July 26, 2010, and Aug. 9, 2011, according to the FBI.

The robber earned his nickname because he demanded $5,000 during one of the earlier robberies, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.


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Photo: Image from surveillance tape. Credit: Los Alamitos Police