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'Big Banana' Bandit Slips In And Robs Again

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The "Big Banana" bandit, so named for eating a banana and other snacks while waiting in line before committing heists, robbed his ninth bank in south Orange County, authorities said Wednesday.

That makes him the most prolific bank robber currently sought locally by the FBI, officials said.

The suspect held up a Citibank branch about 12:15 p.m. on Saturday at 31872 Del Obispo St. in San Juan Capistrano, said Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

In about half the robberies, which were also carried out in Laguna Niguel, San Clemente and Aliso Viejo, the man displayed a semi-automatic handgun in a waistband, Amormino said.

Each time, he has passed the clerk a demand note. No vehicle linked to him has been seen, Amormino said.

In addition to a banana, which earned him his moniker, the suspect has been seen eating chips or drinking a soda, and has entered at least one bank talking on a cell phone, Amormino said.

The man, who always wears a baseball cap, is described as white, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and weighing 190-200 pounds, with a medium build and black hair, Amormino said.

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