FBI Seeks 'Bearded BagBandit'

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SAN DIEGO - (11/18/04) -- Authorities are hunting for anunarmed bandit who has hit as many as 11 area financialinstitutions since August, most recently Mission FCU in October andUSA FCU last week. The serial robbery, dubbed 'the Bearded BagBandit,' because of his unshaven face and habit of using a cloth orcanvas sack to carry off the loot, usually waits in a teller line,then passes the teller a demand note, according to the FBI. The FBIis also tracking another serial robber believed to be responsiblefor as many as nine area heists. That thief is known as 'the Fed-ExBandit,' because of the type of envelope he uses to carry thecash.

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