"Tiger Bandit" Linked to Six Southern California Bank Robberies

The robber last struck in Lomita on Friday morning

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    The LA County Sheriff's Department released these photos of a man suspected of robbing banks in Southern California. The robber has been dubbed the "Tiger Bandit."

    A bank robber thought to have held up six Southern California banks in eight days has been dubbed the "Tiger Bandit," according to the FBI.

    The robber last struck Friday morning in Lomita, investigators said.

    FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller says the robber got his name because he was caught in surveillance photos wearing a Detroit Tigers baseball cap.

    The Tiger Bandit has also been linked by investigators to five other bank robberies in the cities and days listed below:

    • Huntington Beach, Thursday
    • Santa Monica, Tuesday
    • Marina del Rey, Saturday, Nov. 24
    • Long Beach, Saturday, Nov. 24
    • Cerritos, Friday, Nov. 24

    The robber in the Lomita bank heist was described as a black or Latino male with a dark complexion, stocky build and, possibly, a skin condition, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which is working with the FBI and other agencies on the case.

    During the robberies, the robber demands cash in various denominations.

    Investigators believe the Tiger Bandit may actually be two men working together and entering banks separately, the sheriff's department said.

    Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of the suspect known as the "Tiger Bandit" is urged to call 1-888-CANT-HIDE (1 888 226-8443) or dial 911.

    Those with information who want to remain anonymous can call "LA Crime Stoppers" by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

    The Associated Press contributed to this article.