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FBI: ‘Bad Beard Bandit’ Wear Fake Beard, Robs Banks

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The “Bad Beard Bandit” at a Chase Bank in Manteca Nov. 26.


The Federal Bureau of Investigation says a man wearing a fake beard has robbed five northern California banks since Nov. 21.

Dubbed the “Bad Beard Bandit,” due to his fake beard’s poor quality, the man is described as a stocky, white or Hispanic man in his late 20s or early 30s. The FBI says he’s known to wear blue jeans, ball caps, hoodies, jackets and, of course, the “bad” fake beard.

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The “Bad Beard Bandit” in a Ripon Bank of the West branch on Nov. 21.

Investigators believe the man is connected to a Nov. 21 robbery at the Bank of the West branch on W. Main Street, a Nov. 26 robbery at a Chase Bank in Manteca, two other Chase Bank robberies on Dec. 3 and 4 in Tracy and Dublin, and a Dec. 10 Citibank robbery on El Camino Real in Sunnyvale.

He is said to be armed and dangerous, though no weapon was actually seen in any of the robberies.

Anyone with information on the man is asked to contact the FBI field office in Stockton at (209) 474-8293.