Authorities Hunt for ‘Armed & Ready Bandit’

Likely Responsible for Three Santa Barbara Bank Robberies

The FBI is looking for a bank robber dubbed the “Armed & Ready Bandit” who authorities believe is responsible for three bank robberies in Santa Barbara over a two-year period.

"Armed and Ready" Bandit
"Armed and Ready" Bandit

Two of the incidents occurred at Rabobank at 2222 Bath Street, one taking place in May 2010 and the other in September 2011. The other robbery took place at the Bank of the West at 1036 State Street in February 2012. All three incidents occurred mid morning. There is a reward for information leading to the man’s capture.

According to authorities, the suspect — described as white, between the ages of 30 and 40, 6′ to 6′ 4” tall, weighing between 190 and 250 pounds, and with blond or brown hair — entered the banks wearing a ski mask and carrying a black shoulder bag and a handgun. He showed the gun, in some cases ordering people to the ground. He then took cash from multiple tellers and put the money in his shoulder bag before fleeing.

The FBI encourages anyone with information on the suspect or the incidents to call (888) CANT-HIDE.


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