FBI Searches for 'The Hills Bandit' in String of So. California Robberies

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    Surveillance images show a robber dubbed "The Hills Bandit" wanted in connection to a string of robberies in Southern California.

    Police are searching for a man nicknamed “The Hills Bandit” who robbed a U.S. Bank in Carlsbad Tuesday and is behind a string of robberies in the Los Angeles area.

    The man robbed the U.S. Bank at 7700 Carlsbad Village Drive at 10:30 a.m. by walking up to the teller and displaying a note indicating he had a gun.

    No gun was seen and no one was hurt, FBI authorities said.

    FBI authorities say this same bandit is behind three robberies in the Los Angeles area. The first robbery occurred May 16 at a Wells Fargo Bank in Laguna Hills. Then the robber hit a Citi Bank also in Laguna Hills on July 16 and another Citi Bank branch in Lake Forest on July 25, FBI authorities said.

    While committing the robberies, the man wore a baseball cap with either a Raiders or Chargers logo and black-rimmed glasses and was carrying a blue merchant bank bag.

    He was described as white, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, between 45 and 50 years old and about 190 pounds.

    Anyone with information should contact the FBI at 858-320-1800 or 310-477-6565. You can also leave a tip with the Carlsbad Police Department at 760-931-2197.