Cops: Cold Hand Bandits Rob 23 Banks in 7 Months

Police are worried the robberies will turn violent
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2016 3:05 PM CDT

Police are hoping to find three men they say are responsible for robbing 23 Los Angeles-area banks since November before things turn violent, NBC News reports. According to CBS Los Angeles, the men have been dubbed the Cold Hand Bandits because they always walk into a bank with one hand in their pocket. They typically hand a teller a note stating they're armed and threatening violence, police say. One manager, whose bank has been robbed twice, says it's "scary." Police say the Cold Hands Bandits last struck April 28.

Police say they've "had it," deciding Friday to release video of the suspects in hopes the public can identify them. “In recent robberies, the suspects have become increasingly brazen and have jumped over the teller’s counter,” CBS quotes a statement from police as saying. “The next level is people get tied up, maybe somebody gets hurt,” LAPD Det. Charles Geiger tells NBC Los Angeles. (More bank robbery stories.)

Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.