Santa Maria bandit linked to 9 bank robberies

The man who robbed a Coast Hills Credit Union in Santa Maria on Wednesday is a suspect in 9 bank robberies that occurred in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties in the past six months.

On Sept. 6, the Seasoned Bandit passed a teller a note threatening that he had a gun and demanding cash. The teller then handed the robber an undisclosed amount of money.

The unidentified suspect, nicknamed the “Seasoned Bandit,” is being sought by the FBI and law enforcement partners in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties in connection with at least 9 bank robberies since April 2017.

Officials describe the suspect as a white male in his 50s or 60s. During the robberies he wears casual clothing, a hat and sunglasses. The moniker “Seasoned Bandit” was assigned based on the bandit’s suspected age and grey-white hair.

During the robberies, the Seasoned Bandit passes a note in which he demands cash and threatens a gun if the teller does not comply with his demands.

The banks linked to the Seasoned Bandit are listed below:

Montecito Bank & Trust in Carpinteria on April 27

Union Bank in Carpinteria on May 24

Wells Fargo in Newhall on June 12

Chase Bank in Newhall on June 27

Golden 1 in Goleta on July 7

Logix Federal Credit Union in Valencia on July 25

California Credit Union in Valencia on Aug. 10

Wescom Credit Union in Stevenson Ranch on Aug. 21

Coast Hills Credit Union in Santa Maria on Sept. 6

Officials are asking anyone with information as to the identity or whereabouts of the Seasoned Bandit to contact law enforcement. The FBI in Los Angeles can be reached 24 hours a day at 310-477-6565.