Sacto 9-1-1
January 31, 2013
Help sought to ID bank robbery suspect dubbed 'Bad Hatter Bandit'

Bad Hatter Bandit image_image3_large (1).jpgThe Sacramento Violent Crimes Task Force is asking the public's help to identify a man suspected of robbing three Sacramento-area banks in the past two months.

Authorities have dubbed the suspect (pictured) the "Bad Hatter Bandit" because in each instance he has worn one of a variety of black hats.

All three robberies have occurred at Chase Bank branches, with the suspect hitting the branch at 3501 Del Paso Blvd. in Sacramento twice, on Nov. 29 and Tuesday. The branch at 1800 Douglas Blvd. in Roseville was robbed Jan. 10.

The Bad Hatter Bandit is described as black, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a small build. Although his attire has varied, he arrived at each location with a leather folio and wearing a black hat, according to an FBI news release. He presented a note or other verbal demand for cash and indicated he was armed.

A second man accompanied the primary suspect into the bank during Tuesday's robbery, authorities said. The man was described as black, 5 feet, 9 inches to 5 feet, 11 inches tall with an average build. This individual approached the teller and told her that he had a weapon.

Witnesses have reported seeing additional accomplices in the Bad Hatter Bandit's getaway vehicles. To date, authorities said, all vehicles used in the robberies have been stolen, and a different vehicle has been used for each robbery.

Although no weapon was seen in any of the robberies, the suspects are considered armed and dangerous because of their verbal threats, according to the news release.

The cases are being investigated by the Sacramento Violent Crimes Task Force,the FBI, and the Roseville and Sacramento police departments.

Additional details and photos are available on the FBI's new Wanted Bank Robbers website at https://bankrobbers.fbi.gov.

Anyone with information regarding the robberies is asked to call the FBI in Sacramento at (916) 481-9110, Crime alert at (916) 443-4357, Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916) 783-7867, or the Roseville of Sacramento police departments. Callers who provide information to Crime Alert and Roseville Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for reward.

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