After months of fruitlessly searching for a serial bank robber responsible for multiple San Francisco heists, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced yesterday that they's be doubling the reward money for anyone providing them with information leading to his capture and conviction.
We've discussed the robber, dubbed "The Dreaded Bandit" by the FBI, before. Clad in a Muni jacket, the suspect also wore "tan-colored makeup, a dark-colored wig simulating long hair, [and] a fake beard," the FBI says, as he robbed the Provident Credit Union, located at 2727 South El Camino Real in San Mateo, at approximately 9:45 a.m. on May 12, 2016.
According to the FBI, he is also "responsible for a bank robbery that took place at the First Republic Bank, located at 2001 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, California, on April 22, 2016."
On July 11, the FBI says that the same man robbed a Comerica Bank at Union and Buchanan, wearing the white makeup you see above as he did. According to the SFPD, the suspect demanded cash from a teller, then "jumped over the counter and entered into the vault," taking an undisclosed amount of "currency from the vault and teller drawers" before fleeing on foot.
Here's some surveillance video that the FBI says is from the Union Street heist:
Though the makeup makes his appearance difficult to determine, the FBI says they believe that the suspect is a white or Hispanic man in his 30s, standing about six feet tall and with a "skinny" build.
The FBI initially offered a $5000 reward for information leading to his apprehension and prosecution, but Monday they doubled that reward, to $10,000. If you know anything about the suspect, which the FBI says is "considered armed and dangerous," contact their SF-area field office at 415-553-7400.FBI.