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Robber smells like dirt, police say

Police are looking for a robber named for his smell: the “Landscape bandit.”
/ Source: The Associated Press

There was the Miami Vice bandit, the Fanny Pack bandit, even the Band-Aid bandit — all named for memorable outfits or unique characteristics that bank tellers recalled after the holdup.

Now police are looking for a robber named for his smell: the “Landscape bandit.”

“He smells like dirt — that’s what people always remember,” said Anaheim police Sgt. Tim Schmidt. “It’s not like he hasn’t bathed in month. It’s just he’s been outside working in the dirt.”

The man, who wears a wide-brimmed hat, has robbed three banks in Southern California since April and two out of three tellers mentioned his distinctive odor to investigators.

The most recent heist took place on June 4 at the Fullerton Community Bank in Anaheim, and was recorded on tape by security cameras.

The photos show a heavyset man about 5-feet-6 and dressed in a green jacket passing a note to tellers.

Police say unique names help law enforcement officers recognize potential suspects and inspire the general public to call in with tips.