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'Bad Hatter Bandit' Wanted for Bank Robberies in Roseville, Natomas

The FBI warns he should be considered armed and dangerous.

The FBI and an area crime task force is asking for the public's help in identifying a man suspected of robbing banks in Roseville and Natomas in the past three months.

The man, dubbed the "Bad Hatter Bandit" because of his variety of hats worn during the robberies, has struck at the Douglas Boulevard Chase Bank in Roseville on Jan. 10, and at the Chase Bank on Del Paso Boulevard in Natomas on Nov. 29 and Jan. 29.

The full press release with more details follows:

Bad Hatter Bandit Sought for Three Sacramento Area Bank Robberies 

Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento Violent Crimes Task Force (SVCTF) is seeking help from the public to identify a man suspected of robbing three Sacramento area banks during the past two months.  The dates of the robberies and locations that have been struck by the “Bad Hatter Bandit” are as follows:

  • November 29, 2012: Chase Bank at 3501 Del Paso Boulevard, Sacramento
  • January 10, 2013: Chase Bank at 1800 Douglas Boulevard, Roseville
  • January 29, 2013: Chase Bank at 3501 Del Paso Boulevard, Sacramento

The Bad Hatter Bandit is a black male standing 5’7” to 5’9” with a small build.  While his attire has changed frequently, the suspect arrived at each location with a leather folio and wearing one of a variety of black hats.  A note or verbal demand for cash was issued in each of the robberies and the suspect indicated that he was armed. 

A second, black male standing 5’9” to 5’11” who has an average build accompanied the primary suspect into the bank during the robbery in Sacramento on January 29, 2013.  This second suspect approached the teller, and told her that he had a weapon. 

According to witnesses, additional accomplices have been seen in the Bad Hatter Bandit’s getaway vehicles.  To date, all vehicles used for the commission of the robberies have been stolen and a different vehicle was used for each robbery.  While no weapon was seen in any of the three robberies, the suspects are considered armed and dangerous due to the verbal threats. 

The cases are being investigated by the SVCTF, FBI, Roseville Police Department and Sacramento Police Department.  Additional details and photos are available on the FBI’s new Wanted Bank Robbers website: https://bankrobbers.fbi.gov

Anyone with information regarding this robbery is asked to contact the FBI in Sacramento at (916) 481-9110, Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP, Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916) 783-7867, Roseville Police Department or Sacramento Police Department.  Callers who provide information to Crime Alert and Roseville Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

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