FBI seeking Q-C bank robbery suspect


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Posted Online: Dec. 16, 2012, 11:54 pm
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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 forinformation leading to the arrest and conviction of one man believed responsible for 13 bank robberies nationwide -- including three in the Quad-Cities -- and one attempted bank robbery.

The white male (between 20 and 25 years old) hasbeen dubbed "The Ray-Bandit" because of the Ray Ban-style sunglasses he has worn during some of the robberies. The coast-to-coast crimes -- between July 30 and Dec. 5 -- include robberies atWells Fargo Bank inside the Avenue of the Cities Hy-Vee in Moline on Aug. 20;Valley Bank inside the Devils Glen Road Hy-Vee in Bettendorf on Sept. 14; and American Bank and Trust inside the Milan Hy-Vee, 201 10th Ave. W. on Sept. 26.

The suspect is described as about 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall;200 to 215 pounds, with a heavy build and possibly red or strawberry blond hair.The subject may be driving a tan or gray Hyundai Elantra GLS model -- an older model with a rear spoiler and a broken passenger-side brake light, according to the FBI.

He has used this vehicle in all of the bank robberies, with the exception of the robberies in Virginia. In Virginia, he used a red compact car, possibly a Toyota Prius V. The subject has worn disguises including fake beards and false teeth and is known to dye his hair different colors, the FBI said. He also may have a gap in his front teeth. He seems to always wear some type of hat and usually has more than one shirt on. He always wears something on his fingertips. Tellers have described it as both Band-Aids and as rubber thimbles, the FBI said.

He wears sunglasses, but the brand has been changing. He always wears a long-sleeve shirt, possibly to cover tattoos on his arms. In some of the bank robberies, he uses a small slip of paper typewritten as a demand note.The subject also has worn a baseball-style cap, displaying a Ford Shelby Cobra logo, according to the FBI.

"He seems to have a preference for small banks in grocery stores," FBI agent Mike Peasley, of the Indianapolis field office, recently told CNN. "In fact, he's become so comfortable that he actually sometimes does grocery shopping before the robberies," he said. The well-disguised bandit usually hands a typewritten note to the teller demanding money.

The coast-to-coast nature of the targeted banks also makes the robber stand out. Such robberies often are confined to small areas, the FBI said. The suspect is wanted in connection with robberies in seven states; an Aug. 8 attempt in Indiana was unsuccessful, the FBI said.

If anyone has information regarding these robberies, call Quad-City Crimestoppers at (309) 762-9500. All tips are anonymous.



















 



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