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Officials looking for ‘Puffy Coat Bandit’

Lori Consalvo, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Ontario, Calif. –

The FBI and local law enforcement officials are seeking the public’s help to identify a prolific bank robbery suspect who has been dubbed the “Puffy Coat Bandit.”

Seven banks – including two in Chino and one in Rancho Cucamonga – in three different counties within the past three weeks have been robbed, according to an FBI news release. Officials believe two people are involved in the robberies.

The “Puffy Coat Bandit” was given the name because he wore a ski-style jacket during a robbery that occurred on Dec. 20, 2011 in Chino. In other related robberies, the suspect wore a similar jacket, or a thick plaid jacket.

In all of the robberies, the bandit is seen wearing either a baseball cap or a beanie-style knit hat and does not hide his face, according to the news release.

The robber’s routine is to enter the bank and present a note demanding cash, while simulating a weapon he says is under his jacket.

Witnesses described the suspect’s vehicle as a gold or copper-colored Ford Taurus and a Black Oldsmobile Alero with a spoiler. Witnesses said a second man drove the get-a-way car.

“Investigators have not ruled out the possibility that the suspects seen in bank surveillance photographs may be different individuals with a similar appearance who alternate between robbing the bank and driving the getaway vehicle,” according to the news release.

The suspect has been described as white man, between 6’1″ to 6’4″ with a thin to medium build. He is believed

to be about 35 years old.

The Puffy Coat Bandit bank robberies include:

– Jan. 9, 2012 – Comerica Bank, 12035 Foothill, Rancho Cucamonga

– Jan. 7 – US Bank, 1281 Central, Chino

– Jan. 3, – Chase Bank, 11900 South St, Cerritos

– Dec. 30, 2011 – Union Bank, 601 W. Rt 66, Glendora

– Dec. 28, 2011 – Mission Oaks, 600 Central Lake, Elsinore

– Dec. 22, 2011 – Premier Services, 102 E. 6th St, Corona

– Dec. 20, 2011 – US Bank, 1281 Central, Chino

Anyone with information about the identity or location of the bank robbery suspect can call the Los Angeles FBI station at 888-226-8443 or 9-1-1.

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