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'Barrel Chested Bandit' sought by FBI

Man has hit 8 banks in less than 6 months

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DALLAS, Texas – The FBI is searching for a man dubbed the "Barrel Chested Bandit," who is believed to be responsible for eight bank robberies and attempted bank robberies throughout Texas, Arizona and New Mexico.

The FBI said all of the incidents happened from Aug. 24 2016, through last Saturday.

The man is described as white, in his mid-40s to early 50s, approximately 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and about 250 pounds. He has a large build, light complexion and gray hair.

The man has been seen wearing a baseball cap in all of the robberies and sunglasses in six of the eight.

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The FBI said in each incident the man showed a small handgun, ordered a teller to give him money and left on foot, making off with an undisclosed amount of money.

No injuries have been reported in any of the robberies.

The incidents in Texas took place:

  • Aug. 31 at LeTourneau Federal Credit Union at 2301 S. High St. in Longview.
  • Oct. 18 at First Bank Southwest at 2400 S. Georgia St. in Amarillo.
  • Nov. 2 at Alliance Bank at 1226 S. Broadway in Sulphur Springs.
  • Dec. 12 at Amarillo National Bank at 2530 S. Georgia St. in Amarillo.

The incidents in New Mexico took place:

  • Sept. 12 at Bank of the West at 500 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. in Albuquerque.
  • Nov. 30 at US Bank at 2300 Louisiana Blvd. in Albuquerque.
  • Feb. 4 at First National Bank at 2021 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe.

The incident in Arizona took place Aug. 24 at Arizona Central Credit Union at 787 South Alvernon Way in Tucson.

The FBI is sharing this information in the chance the man travels to or through the north Florida area.​

The FBI said it is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man. Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact your local FBI office.

This article is courtesy of KPRC-TV.


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