Bank Robber Suspect May Live in O.C.

TIMES STAFF WRITER

A man police believe is responsible for 19 bank robberies in six Southern California counties may be a resident of Orange County, the FBI says.

None of the robberies occurred in Orange County, but FBI Special Agent Gary K. Morley said Monday that "we have reason to believe" the suspect is a local resident. Morley would not elaborate.

The robberies, all between Jan. 9, 1992, and Feb. 17, 1995, took place in Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Los Angeles, Ventura and Kern counties.

In each case, Morley said, the suspect approached a bank employee seated at a desk on the pretense of discussing having funds wired to him. He then said he had a bomb and threatened to detonate it if he wasn't given the money.

The suspect is described as white, 45 to 50 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall, 160 to 180 pounds, with salt-and-pepper hair and a mustache. He usually wears a baseball cap and aviator-style sunglasses.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at (909) 686-0335.

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