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CALIFORNIA BRIEFING / LOS ANGELES

A man suspected of holding up at least a dozen banks this month in the Los Angeles area struck again Saturday afternoon, police said. Nicknamed the “Salt & Pepper Bandit” because of his graying hair, police believe the robber hit a Bank of America branch at 11501 Santa Monica Blvd. about 12:18 p.m.

Los Angeles Police Officer April Harding said the bandit usually passes the bank teller a note demanding cash. He typically flees in a getaway car, described as a gold 1993-1997 Toyota Corolla, Harding said.

Police have surveillance photographs of the suspect, whom they describe as a black male with a mustache and goatee. He is 5 feet 11 and weighs about 170 pounds, police said. He is typically dressed in a two-tone reversible black and gray jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Tracy Benjamin at the LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division, 213-485-2511.

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-- Ann Simmons


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