FBI: ‘Traveling Bandit’ suspected in Price bank robbery, 6 others

The FBI previously released these surveillance photos of the suspect. Photo: FBI

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Jan. 19, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into a series of bank robberies in six states, including Utah, and is asking for the public’s help identifying the suspect.

Dubbed the “Traveling Bandit” because of the large area he has covered, he is suspected of robbing at least seven banks in six states since Dec. 28, and officials believe he may soon strike again.

He is currently suspected of the following robberies:

  • Dec. 28 — Aventura, Florida; Capital Bank
  • Jan. 2 — Asheville, North Carolina; SunTrust Bank
  • Jan. 4 — Johnson City, Tennessee; Mountain Commerce Bank
  • Jan. 8 — Mt. Juliet, Tennessee; US Bank
  • Jan. 10 — Prattville, Alabama; TrustMark Bank
  • Jan. 14 — Mt. Vernon, Illinois; 5th 3rd Bank
  • Jan. 17 — Price, Utah; Wells Fargo Bank

“So far, no one has been injured during the robberies,” an FBI news release says. “The suspect usually approaches the counter and presents a note demanding money and threatening a weapon, then departing the bank on foot. He may be driving a white Ford Explorer or Expedition.”

In most of the robberies, the suspect has worn a black jacket, white T-shirt and black baseball hat, according to the news release. He is described as a white male, 40-50 years old, with a goatee, salt-and-pepper hair, and tattoos on both arms. He is 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a medium build.

State and local authorities also are involved in investigating the robberies.

Officials warn that the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone who recognizes the man in the surveillance photos, or who may have information that could aid in the investigation, is urged to call the FBI at 754-703-2000, or contact the nearest FBI field office. Information may also be submitted online at  https://tips.fbi.gov.



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