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'Both Hands Bandit' a Suspect in Bank Robbery

December 07, 2001|From Times Staff Reports

The so-called "Both Hands Bandit" may have struck again, authorities said Thursday, this time at a bank in Ojai.

Ojai Valley National Bank on Maricopa Highway was robbed just after noon on Wednesday by a man who matches the description of a robber who has hit eight banks and eluded police for four months, said FBI Special Agent Brent Robbins.

The robberies began on Aug. 10 at the Mid-State Bank branch, then known as American Commercial Bank, in Ventura.

The bandit is described as being in his late 40s or 50s, with a graying blond crew cut and blue eyes.

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