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$25K reward offered for ‘Asian Wig Bandit’

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LOS ANGELES — For more than six months, a man dubbed the Asian Wig Bandit has allegedly committed 15 armed robberies at businesses across Southern California.

On Monday, the Los Angeles Police Department announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

wig-banditThe man apparently earned his nickname because of his choice of disguise: a blond or black shoulder-length wig.

Dressed as a female and wearing sunglasses, the bandit typically hits up businesses that handle money transfers to the Philippines. According to police, he brandishes a handgun, forces employees to drop to the floor, and demands jewelry and money. During one robbery, he allegedly used a Taser.

Since December, the Asian Wig Bandit has committed 11 robberies just in L.A. County, including eight in the city of Los Angeles. Police also believe the man has robbed businesses on two occasions each in Rancho Cucamonga in San Bernardino County and Chula Vista in San Diego County.

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