Hooded suspect robbed South Bay banks


Move over, Bill Belichick, there’s a new “hoodie” on the scene!

Well, sort of. But this guy isn’t seeking Super Bowls. He’s a bank robber seeking other people’s money.

San Jose police released photos Monday of a chapeau-and-hood-wearing fellow they believe is responsible for at least two robberies in the South Bay.

Both photos show a tall, Caucasian male wearing a baseball cap and hooded sweatshirt. One image — which captures a good portion of his face — catches him with the hood on, with “SJSU” emblazoned across the front in big purple letters.

These robberies help contribute to California’s obscenely high bank robbery rate. An FBI report shows that California led the country in bank robberies last year with 687. The state with the second-highest rate? New York with 339. Big numerical difference.

The database also tells us that verbal and written demands were the most common methods used by robbers, which is congruent with the hooded suspect targeting banks in the South Bay.

Police believe that the man is responsible for the robbery of a US Bank in Sunnyvale on September 9, and an August hit on a US Bank in San Jose. He was reportedly seen “acting suspicious” around another US Bank in Sunnyvale back in August. He made off with cash in both robberies.

There is no word as to whether or not he was armed in any of these robberies.

Anyone with information about the hoodie or the robberies is encouraged to call the San Jose Police Departments Robbery Unit at (408) 277-4166.

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