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FBI searching for ‘Too Tall Bandit’ who has robbed 16 banks
The FBI says the man stands around 6-and-a-half feet tall.
The FBI is searching for a serial bank robber dubbed the “Too Tall Bandit,” a Halloween-mask wearing hold-up man who’s robbed 16 banks since 2009.
His latest robbery was in Etowah, North Carolina on Nov. 27, the FBI said Tuesday. The man often wears skull masks and has taken as long as two-year breaks in between robberies, the FBI said.
FBI officials describe the robber as a white male, about 40 years old, possibly with brown eyes. He weighs somewhere between 210 to 250 pounds and is up to six and a half feet tall. During his robberies, he wears a disguise, with dark clothing, gloves, boots or shoes and a Halloween-style mask.
“But you may recognize how he walks,” the FBI Knoxville office said on Twitter. “He has a limp that affects his right leg.”
For some time, the FBI has been chasing the bandit without success. The Charlotte office of the FBI announced this week that the robber “has struck again” and that he may even be as tall as 6-foot-6. He also speaks “with a deep voice,” the FBI said.
Media reports have described him as possibly being even taller. The New York Post described him this week as 6-foot-8.
With a handgun in his right hand, the “Too Tall Bandit” has either walked behind or jumped over the teller’s counter during all of his bank robberies in Tennessee. He told bank employees to scoop cash out of a vault and teller drawers and to stuff it into a backpack. Before making his escape, he told workers to lie on the floor.
The burglar’s first alleged robbery was a bank in White House, Tennessee, in 2009. He has robbed 10 banks in Tennessee, five in North Carolina and one in South Carolina.
The FBI is working with state and local law enforcement authorities to find the man. Federal authorities are offering a reward of up to $15,000 for more information on the suspect.