SLC FBI offers $10K reward for information on serial robber dubbed ‘The Great Outdoors’ bandit

On May 24, the FBI said the suspect robbed the Alpine Credit Union located at 351 East 800 South in Orem. Photo Courtesy: SLC FBI

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, June 9, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a serial bank robber who has hit banks and credit unions in Idaho and Utah over the past six months.

Dubbed “The Great Outdoors” bandit because of his outdoorsy attire, the man has worn the same green baseball cap and dark sunglasses during all the crimes, said FBI Salt Lake City spokeswoman Sandra Yi Barker in a news release Friday morning.

The most recent robbery was in Orem two weeks ago, the news release said. On May 24, the FBI said the suspect robbed the Alpine Credit Union located at 351 E. 800 South in Orem. He approached the teller and handed the teller a note, put the money in a brown paper bag that he brought with him, then fled on foot.

The first robbery occurred on Dec. 21, 2016, when a man robbed the U.S. Bank located inside the Albertson’s store at 10500 W. Overland Road in Boise, Idaho. He waited in line, then approached the teller with a note. He took money and fled on foot.

Also on Dec. 21, approximately 15 minutes after the robbery at the U.S. Bank on Overland Road, the same unknown subject robbed the Idaho Central Credit Union. located at 1615 S. Celebration Ave. in Meridian, Idaho. The man approached the teller and showed a note demanding cash. The robber did not speak. He took money and fled on foot.

Three months later, on March 24, the same unknown subject robbed the Bank of the West, 9140 W. Emerald St., in Boise, Idaho. The man showed a note and placed the money in a brown bag that he carried with him.

The serial robber is described as possibly Hispanic, Native American or Middle Eastern, 30 to 50 years old, 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall, between 140 and 160 pounds with a skinny build, black hair and a medium complexion, with black facial hair.

In all the incidents, the suspect wore a green Cabela’s baseball cap and black sunglasses. During the two robberies on Dec. 21, he wore a dark blue puffy jacket and pants. During the March 24 robbery, the suspect wore a dark sweatshirt or coat with a hood, a bandana around his neck and black skinny jeans. During the May 24 robbery, the suspect wore a black hooded sweatshirt with the Pi symbol on the front, and black skinny jeans that were tucked into his boots.

After the March 24 robbery, the suspect was seen entering a dark-colored, two-door coupe, possibly a Subaru Outback or Legacy.

Anyone with information regarding these robberies is encouraged to call the FBI’s toll-free tip line at 833-291-4306. You can also contact your local FBI Office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate, or submit a tip at: 


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