August 6th, 2008
08:17 AM ET

Don’t go to the Bank on Fridays

Gabe Falcon
AC360° Writer

Hey, if you’re running to the bank to make a deposit or withdrawal, it’s best to avoid Fridays and mornings.

Not because of the long lines to the teller. But because that’s when armed robbers are most likely to hold up the place.

The FBI says 1,539 banks were robbed on Fridays in 2006, and more than 1,900 heists occurred between 9am and 11am.

So consider yourself warned.

Bank robbery is big business for crooks. They netted about $72 million in 2006, the latest year for which the FBI has figures.

It’s also a very dangerous crime - for people who happen to be in the banks at the time. That year, 129 victims were injured, 13 were killed, and 80 hostages taken.

The FBI has compiled a roster of the worst of the worst – their list of the Most Wanted Bank Robbers.

As you’ll see, the suspects often wear baseball hats and sunglasses. Some use hoods. A few have beards and moustaches. All are believed to be armed.

Let’s introduce three of them to you. Who knows? Maybe you can bring them to justice.

From left to right: "The Port Richmond Robber", "The Red Handed Bandit", and the bearded crook.

Authorities have labeled the first man the “Port Richmond Robber.” Federal agents say he has held up more than a dozen banks in the Philadelphia area since 2005. His modus operandi involves handing a note to the teller demanding money. The letter also warns he has a gun or an explosive device.

The “Port Richmond Robber” is believed to be in his late 30s to mid 40s; he is thin, about 6 feet tall, with a complexion described as “very pale.”

Next, the criminal known as the “Red Handed Bandit.” With a muscular build, this armed robber has held up banks in Houston. Like the “Port Richmond Robber," Red gets right to the point, threatening violence if the teller does not hand over money. He then tells his victim to put the cash in a red bag or towel he has supplied for the job. Red often appears wearing a baseball cap that matches the color of his gloves.

In the south, investigators are looking for this bearded crook. Earlier this year, he robbed banks in Georgia and Virginia. In both instances, he waited until closing time before brandishing a gun. He then tied up the employees and collected an unknown amount of money before leaving in a getaway car.

If you see them next time you're making a deposit, call the FBI.

Filed under: Crime & Punishment
August 6th, 2008
08:04 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Who needs Beijing...Let the 'Veepstake' games begin...

Morning folks...

Obama is in Indiana today with Evan Bayh...let the "veepstake" games begin!! Who is Evan Bayh? What will he bring to the ticket? He is a former Governor of Indiana, does he satisfy those undecided voters that think Obama doesn't have enough experience? Candy Crowley takes a hard look look at this potential Democratic ticket...

A few states away...Michelle Obama is in Virginia with Governor Tim Kaine, another top VP contender...interesting!!!  But maybe more significant, she spends the day with military families. This is her first visit with military folks post her infamous quote "NOT proud of my country..." So we will see how that plays out... Plus this is days after a spot from John McCain’s campaign suggested Barack Obama did not hold enough respect for members of the military. Michelle is hosting a round table discussion with military spouses highlighting the launch of a military families advisory group called "Blue Star Families for Obama," which the campaign describes as "a national military families council" that will provide policy input and coordinate with the campaign on events featuring military families. Jessica Yellin will have that story for us tonight...

You may have noticed we are NOW running long clips of the candidates from the trail each day...we will do that again tonight and Tom Foreman will be Keeping them (the candidates, that is) Honest on what they are talking about...

Also, Joe Johns continues on the ANTHRAX beat...The FBI is planning a press conference today to announce that the 2001 anthrax case is "solved." They will make public their case against government researcher Bruce Ivins....

And Randi Kaye continues on the tragic story of the missing 2 year-old Caylee Anthony...Investigators from the Orange County Sheriff's Office discussed new DNA evidence late yesterday... possibly from a stain left in the trunk of a car used by Casey Anthony, but
they're still waiting for DNA test results from the car.

That is all for now...

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