The “Granddad Bandit” is wanted in seven states and now the FBI is involved. A $10,000 reward is being offered for any information that will lead to an arrest in a string of bank robberies being committed by an older man. Since April 2009, the man has hit at least nine banks in Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Arkansas, Texas, Alabama, and New York.
Images of the man have been captured on each bank’s surveillance system, showing exactly why the FBI nicknamed him the “Granddad Bandit.” He looks like any other bank customer and doesn’t attempt to cover his appearance. Atlanta FBI Special Agent Stephen Emmet says that while the man is not armed, he’s a “nuisance” to the banking industry and needs to be removed from the streets, “He’s going into the banks and being very subdued. He wants to fly under the radar and not draw attention to himself.” Images from the various bank security cameras have been used to connect the robberies to the same man and have been released all over the country, in hopes that other law enforcement agencies will recognize him, maybe even connect him to other robberies, and help get information that will lead to his arrest.
The man is calm and quiet, doesn’t attract attention to himself, and generally leaves the bank without disrupting his surroundings. He does this by passing a note to the teller, demanding a certain amount of cash. He is thought to be between 50-60 years old, is between 6′ and 6’4 and weighs between 220 and 250 pounds, with a stocky build. He’s bald on top with short, gray hair on the sides and wears glasses. As Special Agent Emmet says, “He looks kind of like your father or your grandfather.” If you have any information or recognize the man, please contact the Atlanta FBI.