LA FBI Offers $100,000 Reward for “20 Questions Bandits”

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By Allan Lengel

The FBI in Los Angeles is offering a bigger than normal reward — $100,000 — for information leading to the arrest of a violent group of bank robbers dubbed the “20 Questions Bandits”.

The FBI said Wednesday that agents and police detectives from Ventura, Orange and Los Angeles counties have been on a hunt for the robbers who are believed responsible for 11 “takeover” robberies. Authorities said the group consists of at least four men and got the name “20 Questions Bandits” because of the multiple questions they asked while inside the banks.

Authorities say the men have assaulted bank employees and robbed individuals during the heists that date back to March 3, 2009.

The FBI said the men during the robberies have been ” extremely violent and, in some cases, displayed weapons.”

Meanwhile, just south of Los Angeles in Sand Diego County, authorities have been stumped by the “Geezer Bandit”, who last week hit his eighth bank.  The bandit, who appears to be in his 70s, has been robbing banks since August 2009. His reward is only up to $16,000.


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