There is something about Newport-Mesa they just love. Not people, bank robbers. If there is anywhere else on this earth that thinks it can compete with Newport Beach and Costa Mesa for the "Bank Robberies Per Capita" award, I say bring it on.
At about 9:20 a.m. Friday, the Citibank at 3021 E. Coast Hwy. was robbed by a suspect the FBI has dubbed the "Ho-Hum Bandit." I think that's cold, but we'll get back to that in a moment. Here is the believe-it-or-not part: not only was the same bank robbed just six weeks ago, on June 11, but Newport Beach police and the FBI believe the robber was…wait for it…the Ho-Hum Bandit. Apparently, bank robbers are like the rest of us — when they find a bank they like, they stick with it.
The FBI said they picked the Ho-Hum Bandit nickname because his features are "bland" and his manner is "unassuming." Ouch. Just because someone is a bank robber doesn't mean they don't have feelings. They described the suspect as a white man in his 30s, about 5-foot-8, with a thin build.