SACRAMENTO, CA - The FBI hopes upping the ante for information leading to the conviction of an armed robber who shot and wounded a police officer and is suspected of committing three bank robberies, one of them in Vacaville, will create new leads to the man's identity.
Thursday, the reward for information on the so-called"AK-47 Bandit" was increased to $100,000, said FBI spokeswoman Gina Swankie.
The man robbed a bank in Chino in Southern California Feb. 29, 2012, and shot and wounded a patrolling police officer who arrived as the man was fleeing the bank, Swankie said.
Two weeks later, investigators believe the same man robbed a Bank of the West on the 1000 block of Helen Power Drive in Vacaville. That was March 12, 2012. They also think he is connected to an attempted robbery at Tri Counties Bank on the 1700 block of Challenge Way in Sacramento three days earlier.