FBI seeks serial bank robber caught on video
(WJLA) - The FBI and D.C. police are searching for a man they say is a serial bank robber. And he was caught on video.
ABC7 found police evidence teams still at the scene of the two latest robberies in Northeast D.C. The thefts took place Friday evening around 5 p.m. at a Wells Fargo and then at a TD Bank.
"He does not have a weapon, he passes a note," says FBI spokesperson Jacqueline Maguire.
The robberies happened just one block and minutes apart, and the FBI says that this man caught on surveillance video is suspected of robbing or attempting to rob five banks in the District and Maryland since June 6, 2014.
"The straw hat and the American flag T-shirt...He doesn't mind being seen," says D.C. resident Charles Makal.
"It is a brazen crime. It's in the middle of the day he's attempting this," adds Maquire.
The very first robbery occurred on June 6 at aPNC Bank on MLK Avenue in Southeast. The next day, the suspect hit another PNC Bank inside a Giant Food store in Lanham.
Investigators say that twice, he managed to get away with a small amount of cash -- but at about 12:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, the suspect walked out of the Pennsylvania Avenue bank in Southeast empty-handed .
"We ask for the public's help in identifying him before he ups his ante, and demands money and produces a weapon of some sort," says Maguire.
Angry customers say they just want the robber caught soon.