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Thief dubbed ‘Coast to Coast Bandit’ suspected of robbing banks in NYC, LA

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Both federal authorities and police in NY and LA are looking for this man who is accusing of robbing at least three banks. (NYPD)

NEW YORK – The FBI and police are asking for public help in identifying a man suspected of robbing banks in Los Angeles and New York City.

The FBI said Thursday that the “Coast to Coast Bandit” is linked to a robbery Monday at a Chase Bank branch on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles and two robberies last month in New York.

In the most recent crime the robber presented a teller a note with threats involving a gun and knife. Witnesses described him as white with a possible sunburn and wearing a New York Yankees cap.

He also wore the Yankees cap in a March 13 robbery of a Chase Bank branch on Third Avenue in New York. The other New York robbery occurred March 9 at Santander Bank on Third Avenue.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).