'Bandit Cooler' sought by FBI

LONG BEACH - The FBI is asking the public's help to identify the "Cooler Bandit," linked to seven bank robberies dating back to 2009.The suspect is described as a Hispanic or bi-racial male between the ages of 16-25, 5 foot 5 to 6 feet tall, between 110-155 pounds, black hair, brown eyes and a thin build. During the robberies, he enters the bank and approaches a teller with a note demanding money. He usually leaves on foot but was once seen in a stolen 1991 four-door Toyota Camry, officials said. The suspect is known to law enforcement as the Cooler Bandit because he has been seen carrying a nylon-type cooler or lunch bag and water bottle during some of the robberies. The Cooler Bandit has alternately worn sunglasses with orange lenses and clear glasses with a black outer rim. No weapon has been seen during any of the robberies, but the suspect has threatened to kill victims who do not comply with his demands. He has been linked to seven robberies, the most recent of which occurred Jan. 15 in Long Beach. Anyone with information on the identity or whereabouts of the Cooler Bandit is asked to contact the FBI or dial 911. In Los Angeles, the FBI can be reached 24 hours a day at (888) CANT-HIDE.

********** Published: February 17, 2011 - Volume 9 - Issue 44