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'Drifter Bandit' sought in Orange County

July 7, 2011 | 10:29 am

Authorities are requesting the public's help in locating a serial bank robber they consider to be armed and dangerous and possibly one of the most prolific bank robbers in Orange County.

Dubbed the "Drifter Bandit," the suspect has robbed at least four Orange County banks over the last several weeks, including locations in San Juan Capistrano and Dana Point, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

His latest heist occurred around 4:40 p.m. Wednesday at the Citibank branch at Golden Lantern and Sweet Meadow Lane in Laguna Niguel, authorities said.

The suspect walked into the bank dressed from head-to-toe in black and "apparently wearing a wig with a pony tail," said Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Department.

He was carrying a gun in a black case when he approached the teller and demanded money, Amormino said.

The bank worker complied, giving him an undisclosed sum of cash, according to authorities.

The suspect left the bank on foot and fled toward a nearby apartment complex, Amormino said.

Authorities temporarily closed off the residences while they searched the premises, but the suspect was never found. He is described as a white male in his mid-40s with light hair, about 6 feet tall and thin in build.

Amormino said authorities have named the robber the "Drifter Bandit" because "he looks like he's a drifter going from one place to another."

He said giving bandits monikers makes it easier for citizens to remember to look out for certain suspects.

Amormino warned that the bandit was considered to be dangerous, and should not be approached.

"In a couple of robberies, he actually pulled a gun and pointed it at a teller," Amormino said.

Anyone with information about the "Drifter Bandit:" is encouraged to contact Sheriff's Department officials at 1-866-TIP-OCSD.

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