(RoyalPatriot.com )- The Los Angeles field office of the FBI is seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect in a series of bank robberies in central and northern Orange County since last October.
Dubbed the “Black & White Sneaker Bandit,” the man has been captured in security footage of the banks he’s robbed wearing different clothing during each alleged crime, but always wearing the same pair of black sneakers with white soles.
The FBI believes he is responsible for at least eight bank robberies from October 2021 to January of this year — four in Huntington Beach, three in Costa Mesa, and another in Fullerton.
During each robbery, the suspect entered the bank with his face covered by a mask. He would pass a note to a teller demanding cash and warning that he had armed accomplices both inside and outside the bank. The FBI, however, would not confirm the suspect was ever actually armed.
According to the FBI, the timeline in these robberies matches up with another string of bank robberies in the same areas of Orange County committed by the so-called “Green Gator Bandit.” That suspect, 55-year-old Christopher Paul Daniels of Torrance, was arrested by federal agents last week in Palos Verdes Estates. Dubbed the “Green Gator Bandit” for wearing a green face-covering in each robbery, Daniels is suspected of committing at least twelve bank robberies in Mission Viejo, Placentia, and Fullerton during the same 4-month period.
However, the FBI said they knew of at least 19 robberies that occurred over the same time and it is believed the other robberies were committed by the “Black & White Sneaker Bandit” and not by Daniels.
The FBI LA field office posted photographs of the suspect to Twitter and has asked that anyone with information on the “Black & White Sneaker Bandit” contact law enforcement.