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Alleged Mr. Magoo Bandit an unorthodox bank robber

October 19, 2011 |  7:53 am

Photo: Mr. Magoo Bandit on bank surveillance camera. Credit: FBI.The alleged Mr. Magoo Bandit, who was arrested on Tuesday, was in some ways an unusual bank robber.


The FBI has said he was never in a rush while pulling his crimes and sometimes thanked tellers after taking the money.

The Mr. Magoo Bandit, a nickname bestowed by the FBI in reference to the robber's thick glasses and roundish head, is suspected of at least 12 bank heists in San Diego, Ventura County, the Bay Area and one in Henderson, Nev.

The geographic spread of his alleged crime spree and his apparent decision not to attempt to disguise himself were unusual among serial bank robbers, the FBI said.

Scott James Larsen, 43, surrendered to agents on Monday after learning that he was being sought in the case, the FBI said.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call the FBI at (888) 226-8443 or (858) 565-1255.


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Photo: Mr. Magoo Bandit on bank surveillance camera. Credit: FBI