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'Snowbird Bandit' robs third bank in southern Orange County

Aging, heavy-set 'Snowbird Bandit' wanted for three bank robberies in Orange County

The “Snowbird Bandit” has struck again, robbing a third bank in three months in southern Orange County, the FBI said Friday.

In his latest robbery, which occurred Thursday, the aging, heavy-set bandit carried a white pouch with the word “medic,” and demanded cash while brandishing a revolver.

He wore sunglasses and a baseball cap.

The Snowbird Bandit is believed to be white, in his late 50s, is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 180 to 200 pounds. He is the suspect in the following robberies:

  • On Thursday at the Wells Fargo Bank branch at 24471 Alicia Parkway in Mission Viejo, next to the 5 Freeway.

  • On May 22 at the First Citizens Bank at 29818 Santa Margarita in Rancho Santa Margarita, near Highway 241.

  • On March 20 at the California Bank & Trust at 24034 Camino del Avion in Monarch Beach, a neighborhood of Dana Point.

Anyone with information on the Snowbird Bandit is asked to call 911 or the FBI at (310) 477-6565.

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