The barefoot bandit and the geezer bandit will have to make room for the burly bandit, a portly felon accused of holding up a string of banks in New England.
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The suspect, who weighs about 300 lbs., is wanted in connection with at least 10 armed bank robberies, authorities said.
FBI Special Agent Gail A. Marcinkiewicz explained to CNN why the heavy-set perpetrator was labeled the burly bandit. “When we have serial bank robbers, we kind of give them nicknames so that we can remember,” she said. “I think burly means stocky and he’s a rather stocky man.”
He’s also dangerous. “He has brandished a gun, he has threatened to kill people,” Marcinkiewicz said. “Anyone who walks into a bank, threatens tellers and threatens to kill them, that can be very traumatic to people. We just want to get him off the street.”
Since April, the burly bandit has been linked to bank heists in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.
In each instance, the suspect wears a disguise or attempts to conceal his face. “He has used sunglasses, a wig, and a variety of hats,” the FBI said in a statement. “After receiving cash, he flees the bank on foot in an unknown direction.”
The burly bandit is believed to have robbed the Ocean Bank in Merrimack, New Hampshire on July 2.
A $25,000 reward is being offered to anyone with information leading to his arrest and conviction, authorities said.
The burly bandit is described as a white man in his late 40s or early 50s. He is approximately 6’ with short brown hair.
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