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July 14th, 2010
02:53 PM ET

Meet the Burly Bandit

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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.

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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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. guest

    He robbed a bank in Maine yesterday. I live right by the bank. They had air raid sirens going off at campus. There was a campus lock down and we were told he was able to outrun police, cars, and dogs, while walking on a main road.

    July 15, 2010 at 4:57 am |
  2. Kim

    Don't worry ! The FBI is on it and God Bless America in these tough times of economic challenge and we have hope that Obama funds the FBI !

    July 14, 2010 at 8:37 pm |
  3. Joe

    http://www.bangordailynews.com/detail/148719.html Looks like he's been caught!

    July 14, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  4. Di Berube

    Ever wonder what kind of profile these guys would end up with on eHarmony? Sorry, I just couldn't resist.

    July 14, 2010 at 4:50 pm |

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