A Startling Crime: 71-Year-Old Serial Bank Robber Strikes Again


Surveillance cameras recently captured an astonishing scene: a 71-year-old man, Bruce Edward Bell, robbing a Chase Bank branch in Sun Valley. What makes this even more shocking is that Bell is a serial bank robber with four prior convictions and over 40 years of experience in the federal department of corrections. Armed with what appeared to be a handgun, Bell entered the bank on December 21st and demanded entry into an access-restricted area by grabbing a Chase employee. Once inside, he ordered the employees to give him cash, threatening to shoot them if they didn’t comply.

A Bold Crime at an Unexpected Age

When Luis Torres, who works nearby, saw Bell walking by before the robbery, he never imagined that the 71-year-old man would commit such a crime. “Well, it’s kind of interesting, like a 71-year-old that’s still doing that,” Torres said. This sentiment was shared by many in the community, who were surprised by Bell’s audacity at his age.

A Reminder to Stay Vigilant

For the businesses in the area, this robbery served as a reminder to stay vigilant and safe. Many expressed concerns about the safety of the neighborhood, with Torres stating, “The area is not safe, and a lot of incidents happen around the area.” Despite Bell’s age, the incident highlighted the importance of remaining alert and taking necessary precautions.

Facing Charges and Possible Additional Crimes

Bell is currently being held on .6 million bail and is facing charges related to kidnapping and armed robbery. Authorities also suspect that he may be responsible for other crimes. They are urging anyone who believes they may have been a victim of Bell or has information about the incident to contact LAPD Detectives Mrakich and Delph at 213-486-6840. Anonymous tips can also be submitted through L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or online at L.A. Crime Stoppers.


The robbery committed by Bruce Edward Bell, a 71-year-old serial bank robber, has shocked the community. Despite his age and extensive criminal history, Bell brazenly entered a Chase Bank branch and demanded cash at gunpoint. This incident serves as a reminder to remain vigilant in our communities, as crime can happen at any time and by anyone. The authorities are actively investigating this case and are encouraging anyone with information to come forward. Let us all work together to ensure the safety of our neighborhoods.