Authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying a man suspected in a string of bank robberies in the West Valley and South San Jose dating back to mid-January, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office said.

The Sheriff's Office released surveillance photos Thursday of a man they believe held up five banks in a monthlong span. The afternoon robberies were committed by a suspect who presented a teller with a note demanding money then fled with an undisclosed sum of cash.

Investigators say the robberies occurred Jan. 18 at a US Bank on South De Anza Boulevard in Cupertino; Jan. 24 at a Wells Fargo Bank on Almaden Expressway in San Jose; Feb. 1 at a Bank of the West on Cox Avenue in Saratoga; Feb. 6 at a Wells Fargo Bank on Homestead Road in Cupertino; and Tuesday at a Wells Fargo Bank on Homestead Road in Santa Clara.

The robber is described as a white man in his mid-30s, between 5-foot-6 and 6 feet tall with a muscular build.

Anyone with information about any of the robberies can contact Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Paula McAllister at 408-808-4500, San Jose police Detective Ryan Chan at 408-277-4166 or Santa Clara police Detective Steve Hoesing at 408-615-4814.

Wells Fargo is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.



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