FBI on the hunt for ‘black and white sneaker bandit’


ORANGE COUNTY, CA – The Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public’s help in locating a man suspected of robbing at least eight banks in Orange County.

Nicknamed the “Black & White Sneaker Bandit”, the man is wanted for bank robberies in Fullerton, Huntington Beach and Costa Mesa, the FBI said on Twitter. The FBI gave him the nickname for the black shoes with white soles he wears in flight surveillance footage.

The thefts took place between October 2021 and January, the Orange County Register reported.

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In each robbery, the bandit entered the bank with his face covered and handed a note to a teller, demanding money and claiming he had armed accomplices, the newspaper reported.

It is not known how much money the bandit withdrew from each bank or if he had any armed accomplices.

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Anyone with information about the bandit can call the FBI at 310-477-6565.

The robberies took place at the same time as a man nicknamed the “Green Gaiter Bandit” was also robbing banks in Orange County. An FBI spokeswoman told the Orange County Register that it was unclear whether the two suspects were related.

A 55-year-old man was arrested earlier this month in connection with the robberies of the “Green Gaiter Bandit”.

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