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FBI: Bank Robberies Drop in Northern California, But Suspects Like 'Droopy Face Bandit' Still Sought

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    The FBI announced on Wednesday that for the second consecutive year there is an overall decrease in the number of bank robberies in San Francisco, but bank robbers, some armed and dangerous, are still out on the streets. Mark Matthews reports. (Published Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015)

    The good news: The FBI in San Francisco announced on Wednesday that for the second year in a row there is an overall decrease in the number of bank robberies throughout Northern California. In 2015, there were 102 bank robberies compared to 152 in 2014, and 229 in 2013.

    Even more good news: Some of the high-profile robbers including Darius Gilbert, dubbed the "Clean Cut Bandit," allegedly tied to seven robberies throughout the Bay Area last spring and arrested in June.  And in the fall, the FBI and the San Francisco Police Department arrested Richard Laurence Stewart, nicknamed the "Straw Hat Bandit," indicted for allegedly robbing four banks in San Francisco.

    The bad news: There are still bank robbers, some armed and dangerous, out on the streets, including the "Droopy Face Bandit," wanted for at least ten robberies in San Francisco in mostly Asian neighborhoods, and a man who stole "several hundred thousand dollars" from an El Cerrito bank as recent as Monday.

    More bad news: There are other outstanding bank robbery suspects wanted in Salinas, Campbell, Felton and other areas.

    Some good news: In many cases, the FBI is offering rewards of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrests and prosecutions of any or all of the suspects involved.

    The FBI has published a full list of wanted bank robbers.

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