Crime

March 27, 2014

Authorities nab ‘Bad Beard Bandit’

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.

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.

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.

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