San Mateo County Man is 'Bad Beard Bandit' Bank Robbery Suspect, FBI Says

The FBI announced Thursday the arrest of a Half Moon Bay man in connection to a series of Bay Area bank hold-ups.

The so-called "bad beard bandit" is believed to be a Half Moon Bay man, according to the FBI.
The so-called "bad beard bandit" is believed to be a Half Moon Bay man, according to the FBI.
A Half Moon Bay man is suspected of carrying out a series of bank robberies through the Bay Area, FBI officials announced Thursday.

28-year-old Gerardo Orozco Lopez was arrested Thursday in connection to a total of eight bank robberies in California following an "extensive" multi-agency investigation, according to FBI Spokeswoman Gina Swankie.

Lopez was dubbed the "bad beard bandit" because of the dark, poor quality costume beard he allegedly wore in the hold-ups, according to Swankie.  He was featured on the FBI's "wanted bank robber website," for robbing eight Northern California banks over a four month period.

"While a weapon was not displayed, the suspect threatened that he had a weapon, which heightened concern for the safety of bank personnel and patrons," Swankie said of the crimes.

The FBI believes Lopez is responsible for the following bank robberies: 
  • November 21, 2013 Bank of the West, 411 W. Main St., Ripon
  • November 26, 2013 Chase Bank, 123 Spreckels Ave., Manteca
  • December 3, 2013 Chase Bank, 691 W. 11th St., Tracy
  • December 4, 2013 Chase Bank, 4520 Dublin Blvd., Dublin
  • December 10, 2013 Citibank, 395 W El Camino Real, Sunnyvale
  • December 18, 2013 Chase Bank, 5142 Stevens Creek Boulevard, San Jose
  • February 5, 2014 Citibank, 2000 Geer Road, Turlock
  • February 25, 2014, Citibank, 1995 41st Avenue, Capitola

Swankie credited the following agencies with helping secure the arrest of Lopez: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Capitola Police Department, Dublin Police Services, Manteca Police Department, Ripon Police Department, San Jose Police Department, Stockton Police Department, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, Sunnyvale Police Department, Tracy Police Department, Turlock Police Department, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.


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