Marin’s serial bank robber now has a bounty held over his cotton-covered head.
The FBI San Francisco Division announced Thursday they are offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the “Cotton Ball Bandit,” who has allegedly robbed seven banks in Marin since December 2012.
The Central Marin Police Authority calls him the “Cotton Ball Bandit” because of the pom-pom ball atop the brown knit hat with earflaps he wears to each robbery.
The bank robber was last seen on Sept. 4 when he robbed the Redwood Credit Union in San Rafael’s Montecito Plaza Center.
The other six robberies include:
- A Dec. 12, 2012 robbery of the Chase Bank at 401 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Greenbrae.
- A Jan. 9 robbery at Union Bank on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Greenbrae.
- An attempted bank robbery on Jan. 22 at Union Bank in the Strawberry Village shopping center.
- July 17, 2013 at Chase Bank at 437 Corte Madera Town Center
- An Aug. 2 robbery of the Citibank, 101 Tiburon Boulevard, in the Strawberry Village shopping center.
- Aug. 21 at the Wells Fargo Bank in the Corte Madera Town Center
The alleged robber walks into a bank and presents a teller with a note demanding money. He is described as a white male adult with “scruffy facial hair”, 40 to 45 years old, about 6’ with a medium build. He wears a brown knit beanie and has worn a black rain coat, black leather gloves and eye glasses.
The FBI can be reached 24 hours a day at 415-553-7400 in the San Francisco area. All calls are confidential and tips can be left anonymously. Tips can also be submitted online at: https://tips.fbi.gov/