Monday Mar 02 2009
Goat Bandit strikes again
By: Bridget Jones Special to the Journal
Man accused of robbing several banks in region
The “Goat Bandit” committed his ninth bank robbery Monday and walked away with a bag full of cash again. The suspect, who is also wanted in connection with bank robberies in Auburn and El Dorado Hills, robbed the Cameron Park Wells Fargo at 3291 Coach Lane at 9:20 a.m. Monday. He is described as a white male in his 30s. The man did not mention or show a weapon, but demanded money from the bank teller. He made off on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to law enforcement officials. There were no injuries during the robbery. The man was described as being clean-shaven with brown eyes. He was wearing a camouflage jacket, gray baseball cap and blue-gray camouflage pants. Bank officials would not comment on the robbery. Special Agent Steve Dupre of the FBI’s Sacramento office said it is believed that this is the same man law enforcement officials have nicknamed the “Goat Bandit.” He is suspected in connection with the robberies of eight other banks located in Auburn, Roseville, Citrus Heights and El Dorado Hills. “(This man’s description is) fairly consistent with what other witnesses are saying,” Dupre said. “This would mark his ninth robbery since October.” The Goat Bandit’s verbal demands to the bank tellers have been very similar, Dupre said. “In each of the robberies … they are along the lines of ‘This is a robbery — 20s, 50s, 100s, don’t push any buttons,’” he said. “There’s nothing unusual about the robberies in general that would differentiate them from others.” Dupre said it is possible the man is trying his hardest not to be noticed, because he doesn’t use any flashy techniques such as waving a gun or jumping over the tellers’ counters. “If you were there and you were at another teller window, unless you may have heard it, you wouldn’t realize he was committing a robbery,” Dupre said. Dupre said this investigation may rely on someone recognizing the Goat Bandit through released surveillance footage. “We’re hoping someone sees it, calls us and leads us in the right direction,” he said. Anyone with information on these robberies should contact the FBI in Sacramento at (916) 481-9110.