Authorities say a suspected bank robber dubbed theBearded Bandit has been arrested in the San Francisco Bay Area after a sharp-eyed citizen recognized him buying razors to shave his beard.
The Oakland Tribune reports Thursday that the man was wanted for 11 bank robberies throughout Northern California, including Sacramento, Dixon and Elk Grove. He was arrested Wednesday night in Brentwood.
A drug store shopper saw the hairy-faced suspect shopping for razors and called police. The suspect then led police on a chase throughout the city of Brentwood. His name and age were not released.
Authorities say he would enter banks and demand money from a teller without ever showing a gun. No one was ever injured in the heists that started in early February. The amount of money stolen was not released.
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Bank robberies attributed to “Bearded Bandit”
February 12, 2016
Robbery of Chase Bank on Washington Boulevard in Fremont
March 1, 2016
Robbery of Chase Bank on Elk Grove Boulevard in Elk Grove
Robbery of Wells Fargo Bank on Marconi Boulevard
Attempted robbery of Wells Fargo on Stratford Avenue in Dixon
March 4, 2016
Casing of U.S. Bank on First Street in Gilroy
Robbery if Wells Fargo Bank on First Street in Gilroy
March 11, 2016
Robbery of Wells Fargo Bank on Clayton Road in Concord
March 15, 2016
Robbery of U.S. Bank on Tassajara Road in Dublin
March 16, 2016
Casing of Wells Fargo on Green Valley Road in Watsonville
Casing of Wells Fargo on Vierra Canyon Road in Prunedale
Robbery of U.S. Bank on First Street in Gilroy
March 17, 2016
Robbery of U.S. Bank on Mission Boulevard in Fremont
Robbery of Wells Fargo Bank on Bernal Avenue in Pleasanton
March 21, 2016
Robbery of Chase Bank on Mount Diablo Boulevard in Lafayette
Robbery of Bank of Stockton on Main Street in Rio Vista
During each of the robberies, the "Bearded Bandit" presented a note, oftentimes from a black merchant's bag, and then leaves the scene without incident. No weapon has been threatened or seen.