FBI: Fewer banks robbed across Northern California, including SF

The Droopy Face Bandit is wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on suspicion of 10 bank robberies in San Francisco. (Courtesy FBI)

Bank robbers are holding up fewer and fewer banks in San Francisco and 14 other Northern California counties, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics released Wednesday.

One hundred and two banks were robbed in the FBI’s Northern California District over the past year, according to an FBI press release. In 2014, 152 banks were robbed and 229 were robbed in 2013.

“The credit is due to the teamwork and partnerships between the FBI, local law enforcement agencies, and the community,” the FBI said in the press release. “Some of the high profile robbers captured this past year include the apprehension and arrest of Darius Gilbert who had become known as the ‘Clean Cut Bandit.’”

Gilbert was arrested in June and has been connected to seven robberies throughout the Bay Area including several in San Francisco, the FBI said.

Gilbert is facing fourteen counts including armed bank robbery charges in federal court and is scheduled to appear before a jury in May 2016, court records show.

In October, San Francisco police arrested in the Sunset 52-year-old Richard Laurence Stewart — also known as the “Straw Hat Bandit” who allegedly robbed four banks in The City.

Stewart was indicted by a federal grand jury in late October on four counts of bank robbery and released from the custody of federal marshals earlier this month on bail, court records show.

The FBI is still looking for an armed bank robber dubbed the “Droopy Face Bandit” who has been connected to up to ten robberies in The City since 2007, the FBI said. Most of the robberies were at banks in Chinatown and other predominantly Asian neighborhoods.

The FBI is offering $5,000 for information that leads up to his arrest.

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