Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

News

'Tourist Bandit' Sought By Police Has Struck Venice, WeHo

Venice_Boardwalk.jpg
Venice.
Before you read more...
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your tax-deductible financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.

A man dubbed the "tourist bandit" is being sought by the FBI after robbing two Bank of American branches this week, reports KTLA 5. The robberies took place on Monday in West Hollywood, and on Wednesday in Venice. Each time, the bandit told tellers he had a gun and a bomb, although they weren't in view.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 40s, and got his nickname because he was wearing tacky souvenir sweatshirts that no self-respecting local bandit would wear, and because he hit up popular tourist destinations.