Harbor Currents: NEWS May 20, 2013

  • 05/20/2013
  • Reporters Desk

“Make it Quick” Bandit Linked to 10th Bank Robbery
GARDENA — One man is linked to at least 10 robberies in the South Bay Area and Harbor Area.

The man is suspected of robbing a Gardena bank inside a Vons supermarket on May 17. He is suspected of robbing three previous times since 2011. U.S. Bank is offering a reward of up to $10,000 in exchange for information provided to law enforcement that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect responsible for these robberies.
The FBI and local law enforcement officers in Los Angeles County are seeking information leading to the suspect’s identity. The robber is known as the “Make it Quick” Bandit, based on the instructions he has given to victim tellers while demanding cash.

During today’s robbery at a U.S. Bank located inside a Vons supermarket, the suspect presented a demand note. The teller told authorities that the suspect apologized as he took the cash. During his robberies, the suspect has been seen in bank surveillance photos wearing sunglasses and has indicated to victim tellers that one or more people were waiting outside of the bank. The suspect has targeted banks inside grocery stores and witnesses have advised investigators that he usually spends time wandering the aisles of the grocery store prior to committing the robbery.

The Make It Quick Bandit is described as Hispanic with dark hair, possibly thinning on top, with a goatee; 5’10” to 6’01,” 200 to 230 lbs. and between 25 to 35 years of age.

The Make It Quick Bandit has been linked to these robberies:
1/4/2009          U.S. Bank       1221 S. Gaffey                       San Pedro
6/25/2011        U.S. Bank       1221 S. Gaffey                       San Pedro
9/21/2011        U.S. Bank       500 E. Manchester                 Inglewood
10/26/2011      U.S. Bank       200 E. Sepulveda                   Carson
11/13/2011      U.S. Bank       500 E. Manchester                 Inglewood
12/21/2011      U.S. Bank       1260 W. Redondo Beach       Gardena
6/30/2012        U.S. Bank       1260 W. Redondo Beach       Gardena
7/14/2012        U.S. Bank       1770 W. Carson                      Torrance
8/24/12            U.S. Bank       1260 W. Redondo Beach       Gardena
5/17/13            U.S. Bank       1260 W. Redondo Beach       Gardena

Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is urged to contact their nearest FBI office or dial 9-1-1.

Bank surveillance photographs of the “Make It Quick” Bandit are being provided to the media.  Additional information about bank robbers currently wanted by the FBI’s Los Angeles Division can be found at www.labankrobbers.org.

POLA Program Earns ‘E Star’ Award
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On May 20, the Port of Los Angeles’ Trade Connect program earned the President’s “E Star” Award for Export Service, the nation’s highest honor for promoting American export trade.

POLA was among the 2013 honorees recognized for export sales or service during an “E” Award ceremony May 20 at U.S Department of Commerce headquarters in Washington, D.C.

U.S. companies are nominated for the “E” Award for Export Service through the Department of Commerce’s U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service office network, located within the Department’s International Trade Administration, which has offices in 108 U.S. cities and more than 70 countries, to help U.S. exporters. Criteria for the award is based on four years of successive export growth and case studies which demonstrate valuable support to exporters resulting in increased exports for the company’s clients.

Trade Connect is an outreach program that offers a series of workshops to small and midsize American companies to educate them on the opportunities, costs and requirements of exporting their goods and services. Trainings range from introductory courses on the basics of commercial transactions, foreign markets, financing, documentation and logistics, to advanced seminars on international demand for specific products and emerging global consumer markets. Speakers include government experts and trade representatives from key federal, state and local agencies that promote and regulate trade. Professional associations such as the Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association also provide expert speakers.

The Port of Los Angeles launched Trade Connect in 2007 in response to the imbalance between U.S. spending on foreign goods and sales of U.S. products to international markets. This imbalance is reflected in ships leaving the Port with load factors generally lower than 50 percent. Increasing exports increases revenue to the Port. The program supports President Barack Obama’s 2010 National Export Initiative aimed at closing America’s trade deficit by growing its exports abroad and thereby also increasing employment.

Since its inception, Trade Connect has had more than 150 workshops and events attended by more than 15,000 people. The program also has participated in trade shows in Hong Kong and Japan and has drawn almost 5,000 people to exhibits showcasing California companies and their products.
Workshops are offered throughout Southern California. California’s food and beverage industry; fashion and accessories; medical, dental and veterinarian equipment and supplies; aerospace and aircraft parts; environmental remediation equipment; and health and beauty products are in demand overseas and have tremendous potential for export growth.

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