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FBI Searching for Tri-State Area Serial Bank Robber

The bank robber has struck seven times in the last three months, authorities say

By Stephanie O'Connell
|  Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013  |  Updated 4:55 PM EDT
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FBI Searching for Serial Bank Robber

The FBI is looking to identify the man seen in this surveillance image. Anonymous tips can be made at 212-384-1000.

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The FBI is asking the public to help identify a crook who they believe is responsible for at least seven bank robberies in the tri-state area in recent months.

"Someone, somewhere, knows something about this individual," said George Venizelos, FBI assistant director in charge for New York. "We are asking them to pick up the phone and call the FBI."

In the past three months, the same suspect has entered banks in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey and passed a note to the teller demanding money.

The robberies began in New Jersey on Aug. 20. The robber most recently struck at Chase Bank in New Rochelle, N.Y. last Thursday.

During that robbery, the suspect entered the bank, passed a note to the teller, verbally demanded money from the teller and threatened to use a weapon.

The suspect then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

The suspect is described as between 5’0” and 5’4” tall.

He was last seen wearing a gray, long-sleeved shirt with the phrase “Cowboy Up” on the back, dark blue jeans and black boots. He was also wearing a Miami Marlins baseball cap.

The suspect is believed to be connected to the following bank robberies:

• Wells Fargo in Linden, N.J., on Tuesday, Aug. 20
• People’s United Bank in Greenwich, Conn., on Wednesday, Aug. 28
• Chase Bank in Greenwich, Conn., on Thursday, Sept. 5
• Chase Bank in Woodbridge, N.J., on Monday, Sept. 9 
• Bank of America in Fairfield, Conn., on Thursday, Sept. 12  
• Chase Bank in Fairfield, Conn., on Thursday, Sept. 12 
• Chase Bank in New Rochelle, N.Y., on Thursday, Oct. 17

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 212-384-1000 or the New Rochelle Police Department at 914-654-2300. Callers may remain anonymous.
 

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