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'Christmas Bandit' Sought in Bank Robberies

January 04, 2002|From Times Staff Reports

Police were searching Thursday for a man dubbed the "Christmas bandit" who held up two banks and took several thousand dollars.

The man, in his late 20s and wearing a fake goatee and mustache, entered a California Bank and Trust branch in Capistrano Beach about 11:30 a.m. Christmas Eve and handed a teller a note demanding money, said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department. The robber got away with $600, he said.

The day after Christmas, police said, the man held up a Harbor National branch in Dana Point about 2:45 p.m. and fled with $17,000.

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