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Solo robber hits Manteca Bank of the West branch

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POSTED June 5, 2014 1:36 a.m.



Manteca Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are searching for a man that walked into the Bank of the West on E. Yosemite Avenue Tuesday afternoon, produced a note demanding money, and walked away with an undisclosed amount of cash. 

Just before 4 p.m. a man described as being between 45 and 50 years old, standing at roughly 5-foot, 6-inches tall and weighing roughly 150 pounds with “salt and pepper” hair and a light beard walked up to a teller window and slid a note across the counter. Whether he indicated he was armed or whether a specific amount was requested was not immediately released. 

The suspect was caught on video surveillance wearing a baseball cap with a white front and dark back, a black short-sleeved shirt, dark shorts and white athletic shoes. He was also wearing a dark backpack and sunglasses. 

Last month the FBI arrested 28-year-old Gerardo Lopez – known locally as the “bad beard bandit” – who was believed to have robbed as many as eight banks including one in Ripon and one in Manteca. A Half Moon Bay resident, Lopez had hit banks throughout Northern California – including one in Capitola, Turlock, Sunnyvale, San Jose and Dublin. His arrest was national news. 

His moniker came from a comically bad fake beard that he wore during the robberies. 

Anybody with any information regarding the suspect is urged to contact the Manteca Police Department at 209.456.8101.

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