Tuesday Feb 24 2009
Police team wants the Goat Bandit
By: Penne Usher Journal Correspondent
Goateed man thought to have robbed High Street Bank of America
The FBI is teaming with local law enforcement in an effort to identify a man suspected of robbing eight banks in the Sacramento area during the past four months including one in Auburn. The “Goat Bandit” is suspected of robbing the Bank of America on High Street Dec. 23. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 30 to 40 years old, with blue eyes and a goatee, leading authorities to nickname him the “Goat Bandit.” He stands approximately 5-foot-9 inches to 6-feet tall and weighs about 200 pounds with a stocky to medium build, according to FBI officials. “In each of the robberies he has worn a black baseball cap and often places the loot in a manila-type envelope,” said Special Agent Steve Dupre of the FBI’s Sacramento office. The bandit fled the Bank of America with an undisclosed amount of cash and at the time of the robbery was wearing a ball cap with “LOCO” written on the front. Three Auburn banks have been robbed in the past six months, a dramatic increase from years past. “We didn’t have any bank robberies in 2007,” said Sgt. Dale Hutchins of the Auburn Police Department. “And none in 2006.” A black male between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-11 inches tall, 25 to 30 years old, reportedly took an undisclosed amount of cash from the Wachovia Bank in Auburn Sept. 19. The suspect then reportedly got into a late-model white, four-door sedan on westbound Elm Avenue and left the area in an unknown direction of travel. On Jan. 5, a second suspect robbed the Wells Fargo Bank on Lincoln Way just blocks from the Auburn Police Department. The Goat Bandit is also suspected in the Oct. 3 robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank on Pleasant Grove Boulevard in Roseville as well as the robbery of the Washington Mutual Bank in Citrus Heights on Sunrise Boulevard Oct. 23. He is also wanted in connection with the Dec. 11 robbery of the Wachovia Bank in Citrus Heights, 8477 Auburn Blvd.; the Dec. 3 robbery of the US Bank in Auburn, 2360 Grass Valley Highway; the Dec.23 heist of the Bank of America in Auburn, 900 High St.; the Jan. 6 robbery of the Bank of America in Roseville, 2221 Douglas Blvd., and the Feb. 7 hold-up of the Bank of America in El Dorado Hills, 3901 Park Drive. These robberies are being investigated by the Sacramento Violent Crimes Task Force, comprised of FBI agents and Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department robbery detectives, and detectives from the Auburn, Roseville and Citrus Heights police departments and the El Dorado and Placer County sheriff’s offices. Anyone with information regarding these robberies is asked to contact the FBI in Sacramento at (916) 481-9110, the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115, the Roseville Police Department at (916) 774-5000, the Auburn Police Department at (530) 823-4237, the Citrus Heights Police Department at (916) 725-2448, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 889-7800 or the El Dorado Sheriff’s Office at (530) 621-6600. Two of the victim banks have offered rewards and anyone providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for these robberies may be eligible for a reward of up to $10,000.