By City News Service
A prolific bank robber nicknamed the "Ho-Hum Bandit" abruptly halted his Southern California crime spree five months ago, and now investigators they think they know why.
A serial thief who's wanted in Colorado matches the description of the notorious crook suspected in a dozen SoCal heists, according to FBI Special Agent Chris Gicking.
Colorado authorities dubbed their man — whose most recent robbery in that state occurred on Monday — the "JV Bandit Gone Bad," Gicking said.
"I'm guessing that's because he looks kind of young," the agent speculated.
The "JV Bandit" is wanted for eight holdups in Denver, Fort Collins and Boulder.
"Just like here, he's going every two or three weeks," Gicking said.
The "Ho-Hum Bandit" — whose his moniker stems from his rather bland appearance — hit his 12th Southern California bank on July 24, robbing a U.S. Bank branch on Glenneyre Street in Laguna Beach. It marked the second time in a month that he targeted that location, Gicking said.
Most of his holdups, however, have been in San Diego County, where his spree appears to have begun Feb. 27 with a robbery of a National Bank branch.
The day before, a thief of the same description held up a Citibank branch in Corona del Mar at 3021 E. Coast Highway — the same branch he robbed June 11, according to the FBI.
Gicking theorized that the bandit was robbing the same banks since he already knew the area and because it was more convenient.
The thief is described as white, in his 30s, about 5-foot-8 to 5-foot- 9 and 160 to 170 pounds, with a thin build, brown hair and blue eyes. He is fair-skinned and usually wears some type of ball cap, faded blue jeans and white sneakers. At least twice, he has worn a Dale Earnhardt Jr. baseball cap.
His most recent stickup before the last two in Orange County was at a Bank of America branch in Cathedral City in Riverside County on July 15, Gicking said.
Other holdups attributed to the Ho-Hum Bandit include:
- San Diego National Bank, on March 9;
- Chase Bank, San Diego, on March 25;
- Citibank, San Diego, on April 2;
- Citibank, La Jolla, on April 8;
- Citibank, San Diego, on May 8;
- Wells Fargo, San Diego, on June 5; and
- U.S. Bank, Laguna Beach, on June 23.