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FBI Believes Man Has Held Up Several Banks

March 17, 2000

VENTURA COUNTY — Authorities have the picture of a man they believe committed three Ventura County bank robberies in the last month.

The white 6-foot-1, 175-pound bandit with wavy brown hair also is suspected in other robberies in Los Angeles County this year, authorities said.

Authorities also believe they have the suspect's fingerprints and the license plate number of his car.

The suspect, who appears to be in his 30s, never harmed anyone in his holdups but handed all the tellers similar notes, FBI Special Agent Brent Robbins said.

"He has never shown a weapon, but the verbiage in the notes is violent," Robbins said. The notes are different, "but you can't get more exact than the way this guy is phrasing it."

The man is suspected of robbing a Wells Fargo Bank in Canoga Park March 9; Charter Pacific Bank in Agoura Hills March 2; and East West Bank in Tarzana Feb. 14 and Feb. 4.

He is suspected in the following robberies in Ventura County: Los Robles Bank in Camarillo March 13; First Western Bank in Simi Valley March 9; Hawthorne Savings in Thousand Oaks Feb. 18.

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