The FBI has determined that a bank robber deemed the “Sleeves Bandit” is responsible for a robbery in La Crescenta and one in La Cañada. The agency, along with the police and sheriff’s departments, is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect.
The two crimes in the area attributed to the suspect are the La Crescenta Citibank robbery that occurred on Dec. 26, 2008 and the La Cañada Citibank robbery on Jan. 30, 2009. It is also believed he is responsible for a La Cañada pharmacy robbery that same day.
The “Sleeves Bandit” is named for what appear to be fake tattoo sleeves he has worn during some of the 15 robberies attributed to him throughout the state. Law enforcement officials believe that this suspect has committed one-man, armed takeover bank robberies, the majority of which have been in northern California.