The FBI has requested the public’s assistance in catching a bank robber, called the I-55 Bandit, who is suspected of robbing 10 different banks in five different states, according to ABC News on Thursday.
The robber – described as a trim white male in his early-to-mid 20s, 6 feet tall or slightly taller, and having light brown or strawberry blond hair - is being called the I-55 Bandit because he began his bank robbing spree by hitting banks along the I-55 corridor near St. Louis, Missouri – but then moved on.
The FBI suggests that the bank robber has robbed banks in Missouri, Illinois, Maryland, West Virginia, and, most recently, three banks in Tennessee. Besides his successful robberies, he has attempted to rob at least two other banks.
Rebecca Wu, an FBI spokesperson, said that the FBI has seen cases when the bank robber goes across the country and to different states, though she admits it is more rare.
Every time the unknown robber has entered a bank, he has been caught on a surveillance camera as he walks into banks very calmly, most often wearing tinted glasses and a hat. When reaching the teller in a bank, he suggests that he has a gun and give the teller a note which demands money. Tellers are instructed to follow directions written on the note, according to ABC News consultant Brad Garrett who is also a former FBI agent.
The only good thing about the robberies is that no one has been hurt, to date. The FBI has not made public the amount of money taken by the robber.