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Local News in Brief : ‘Mr. Magoo’ Bank Bandit Is Sought

Police are looking for a young man in thick prescription glasses--nicknamed the “Mr. Magoo Bandit"--who is suspected of robbing seven banks in five South Bay communities during a feverish 24-hour crime spree Wednesday and Thursday.

The suspect, whose apparently poor eyesight reminds FBI agents of the grandfatherly cartoon character, made off with a total of at least $10,000 from banks in Torrance, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills Estates and San Pedro.

“I’ve got so many darned bank robberies that I’ve lost track,” Torrance Police Sgt. Jack McDonald said. “This guy is very unusual. Most guys just rob once a day or once every other day, when they need the money.”

No one has been injured during the robberies.

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