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'Haggler Bandit' Strikes LA Bank After Monrovia Robbery

A serial bank robber continued his spree Friday in Beverly Hills after robbing a bank in Monrovia Thursday, according to the FBI.

The "Haggler Bandit" attempted to rob a bank near the Beverly Center and robbed a bank near Farmer's Market Friday after robbing a Monrovia bank Thursday, authorities said.

The suspect said he had a weapon when he attempted to rob the Chase branch at 100 N. La Cienega Boulevard. The suspect previously robbed a Citibank branch at 300 S. Fairfax Ave., said Laura Eimiller of the FBI.

The "Haggler Bandit" has been linked to three bank robberies and two attempted robberies in a 10-day period. On Thursday, the suspect robbed a Chase branch at 690 W. Huntington Drive in Monrovia and attempted to rob a Wells Fargo branch at 655 N. Fair Oaks Ave. in Pasadena, Eimiller said.

The suspect was described as being in his late 20s to about 40 years old. He is between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall and weighs about 150 to 170 pounds.

The suspect was given the nickname "Haggler Bandit" because tellers described him as having haggled to some extent over the amount of money he expected to receive based on his demand for cash, Eimiller said. He also passes a note to the teller during the robberies.

Officials urged anyone with information regarding these robberies to contact police in Pasadena, Monrovia, Los Angeles, or the FBI.

Gayle M. Montgomery September 01, 2012 at 10:10 PM
If I understood the news correctly this morning, he seemingly hit a total of 3 spots that day.
Dan Crandell September 02, 2012 at 05:09 AM
This guy is a dead ringer for a young Eddie Murphy.
Gayle M. Montgomery September 02, 2012 at 05:52 AM
I don't see Eddie Murphy in him but I'm surprised none have come forward to say, hey, that's XXX XXXX. Course it's possible they may have and they have not gotten this guy. He seems so incredibly brazen in this.
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