Crime

Santa Maria bank robbery linked to spree in Southern California

Surveillance footage shows the man who robbed the Santa Maria Wells Fargo bank Friday morning.
Surveillance footage shows the man who robbed the Santa Maria Wells Fargo bank Friday morning.

The FBI is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man who robbed the Santa Maria Wells Fargo located at 1450 S. Broadway Friday morning, according to police.

Police were notified of the robbery around 10:25 a.m. At least 20 people were in the bank at the time, Noozhawk reported.

The Bank Robbery Task Force said the man was involved in a series of bank robberies in San Diego County.

No weapon was seen during Friday morning’s robbery, however the robber, referred to by the FBI as the “Flip Bandit,” had provided the bank teller a note demanding money, according to a news release.

Surveillance footage from Friday’s robbery shows the suspect was a man in a white jacket, wearing a hat and sunglasses. He is described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall and 50 to 60 years old.

On Oct. 16, he was seen fleeing the scene of a Carlsbad Wells Fargo in a black Nissan Sentra.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about the incident can contact police at 805-928-3781, ext 2277.

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