SAN FRANCISCO -- Authorities are seeking the public's help in identifying a man who they believe robbed two banks on the Peninsula over the past five weeks.
The FBI is investigating the case of the"Valentine's Day Bandit," so named after he robbed a Bank of the West branch on Park Road in Burlingame on Friday. He is also wanted in connection with the Jan. 10 armed robbery of a Chase Bank branch on El Camino Real in Millbrae.
Witnesses described the suspect as a black man, approximately 50-60 years old and standing between 5 foot 5 and 5 foot 10 with a slim build, sunken cheeks, possible acne scars on his face and possible skin discoloration on the back of his neck.
The suspect was last seen wearing sunglasses and a gray or tan colored suit. During the robberies he wore a black beanie-style hat with leopard print and a white "prayer-style" hat with embroidering, authorities said.
A handgun was displayed during the Chase Bank robbery in Millbrae. The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous, authorities said.
Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the suspect should call the FBI at 415-553-7400. The investigation is being conducted jointly by the Burlingame Police Department, which can be reached at 650-558-7200, and the San Mateo County Sheriff's office, which can be reached at 650-377-4500. All calls are confidential. Tips can also be submitted to tips.fbi.gov.