Federal Bureau of Investigation agents on Thursday arrested Gerardo Orozco Lopez, 28, of Half Moon Bay, for allegedly committing a series of eight bank robberies in California, including one each in Ripon and Turlock.
Authorities dubbed the suspect the “Bad Beard Bandit” because he wore a cheap, dark costume beard in an apparent attempt to conceal his identity.
The robberies earned the bandit a prominent role on the FBI’s wanted bank robber website, https://bankrobbers.fbi.gov.
The suspect didn’t display a weapon in any of the robberies, but threatened that he had one, the FBI said.
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The robberies took place between Nov. 21 of last year and Feb. 25. On Nov. 21, the suspect robbed a Bank of the West on Main Street in Ripon. The Feb. 5 robbery occurred at Citibank on Geer Road in Turlock.