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FBI seeks 'Audi Bandit' in Pleasanton bank robbery

Unidentified man also tied to Livermore, Burlingame robberies

The FBI is seeking the public's help in identifying a man accused of committing at least three Bay Area bank robberies, including one in Pleasanton this June.

The man is dubbed the "Audi Bandit" because he was seen leaving the banks in two different Audi cars, according to an FBI press release issued Thursday.

Two of robberies occurred in the Tri-Valley on June 3 -- one at the Fremont Bank on Holmes Street in Livermore, the other at the Wells Fargo Bank on Hopyard Road in Pleasanton. The third took place on May 27 at a Wells Fargo Bank in Burlingame.

In all three incidents, the robber gave the bank teller a note demanding money and stole an undisclosed amount of money.

On May 27 he was seen leaving in a late-model Audi A7, and on June 3 he was driving a late model Audi Allroad. Both are silver or gray vehicles that had car dealer license plates, tags or inserts, according to the FBI.

After the Pleasanton robbery the man was witnessed driving the wrong way down part of Bernal Avenue, police reported at the time. Once he re-entered the correct lane, officers began pursuing him but he continued to drive erratically, leading officers to end their pursuit out of safety concerns.

The FBI describes the man as a 5-foot-7 or 5-foot-8 Hispanic male in his early to mid-20s with a skinny to medium build. In the robberies, he wore a white mask made out of an article of clothing, a white sweater, a dark-colored hoodie, jeans and dark sunglasses.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect's identity is asked to contact the FBI's San Francisco office, 415-553-7400. All calls are confidential. Tips can also be submitted online.

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