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Police hope video footage from gas station will help them catch ‘Opportunistic Bandit’

Police have released new video footage of the man they are calling “The Opportunistic Bandit,” responsible for at least a dozen crimes throughout the greater L.A. area.

The LAPD has been hunting the bandit for a month, and hopes that footage taken April 15 from a Hollywood gas station’s surveillance camera will help catch him.

In it, the suspect is seen following a woman into the gas station on the 1700 block of Highland Avenue at about 8:45 p.m. while he appears to talk on his phone. He makes conversation with the woman off-camera before following her out of the store. According to an LAPD press release, from there the man followed her to her car and “entered through the passenger door. He hit the victim a number of times and forced her out of her car. The suspect drove away with the victim’s car and purse.”