|Pictured Above: Snowboard Bandit. Source: Anaheim Police Department.|
Authorities are searching for a serial bank robber known as the “Snowboarder Bandit” because of his youthful apperance and casual ski clothing worn during the robberies. The last robbery took place at a Chase bank in Laguna Niguel on Tuesday. The robber handed the teller a note and escaped with an undisclosed amount of money. Authorities also beleive the Snowboarder Bandit is responsible for at least seven recent bank robberies in Anaheim, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Ladera Ranch and Corona Del Mar. Several banks in the area are offering rewards for the bandit’s capture.
In California, robbery is defined as the felonious taking of personal property of another, from his person or immediate presence, and against his will, accomplished by means of force or fear. Defenses to robbery include lack of intent to take the property, lack of force or fear, and claim of right. If convicted of robbery, you face prison/jail time, probation, and you could obtain a “strike” against you, as robbery is conisdered a violent felony. Therefore, if you are charged with robbery, please contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away to assist you.