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FBI seeking bank robber dubbed the Cooler Bandit

February 15, 2011 |  7:21 am

The FBI and several law enforcement agencies are seeking an unknown male bank robber believed to be responsible for seven bank robberies since August 2009 in Southern California.

The FBI is trying turn up the heat on the Cooler Bandit.

FBI officials are asking for the public's help in tracking down the suspect. Officials released surveillance photos of the man who, according to the FBI, has robbed seven banks in Southern California since August 2009 — the latest was the U.S. Bank in Long Beach on Jan. 15.

The man — dubbed the Cooler Bandit because of the nylon cooler or lunch bag that he carries to stow the money in — tried to rob the Wells Fargo bank on Brand Boulevard in Glendale on Jan. 14.

The man approached a teller and passed a demand note, FBI officials said. But he abandoned his plans when the teller had trouble reading the note. The same method has been used in other robberies. He often flees on foot, but has been seen entering a stolen 1991 white, four-door Toyota Camry, according to the FBI.

FBI wants public to put heat on "Cooler Bandit"

-- Veronica Rocha, Glendale News Press / Times Community News

Photo: Surveillance photo of the Cooler Bandit. Credit: FBI