Police seek the public’s help in identifying the “Midnight Bandit,” a man suspected in nearly 60 robberies at gas stations and convenience stores over the past year across Southern California, including thefts in a half-dozen Orange County cities.
Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s major crimes bureau released surveillance photos Monday that were taken from robberies carried out by the Midnight Bandit, believed to have robbed 58 gas stations since April 2012.
Armed with a handgun, the Midnight Bandit typically targets lone gas station clerks between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., authorities said.
Among the Orange County cities where the robberies have taken place are Anaheim, Buena Park, Garden Grove, La Palma, Los Alamitos and Newport Beach, police said. Los Angeles detectives are conducting a joint investigation with 18 law enforcement agencies to track the man suspected in the robberies.
Authorities described the Midnight Bandit as a black man, 25 to 30 years-old, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9 and 180 and 200 pounds. Before and after one of the robberies, he was seen driving a silver-gray 2000 to 2004 Jaguar S Type four-door sedan.
Police cautioned that the man is known to be armed and should be considered “very dangerous.”
Authorities are asking anyone with information on the Midnight Bandit’s whereabouts to contact the LAPD’s major crime bureau at 562-946-7893 or to provide anonymous tips to 800-222-8477 or lacrimestoppers.org.
By SEAN EMERY/ ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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