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FBI Seeks Public’s Assistance in Locating the Clearinghouse Bandit

FBI Atlanta March 25, 2013
  • Special Agent Stephen Emmett (404) 679-6451

ATLANTA—Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Mark F. Giuliano, in conjunction with SAC James F. Yacone, FBI Denver Field Office, requests the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a serial bank robber that has struck the Denver, Colorado area 13 times, with his first robbery having occurred there on August 1, 2012. Denver, Colorado authorities believe that this individual may have relocated to the Atlanta, Georgia area.

Law enforcement agencies from Denver to Colorado Springs, along with the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force (RMSSTF), are investigating 13 bank robberies that recently occurred. It is believed that all were committed by the same individual.

This individual has been dubbed the Clearinghouse Bandit by the RMSSTF.

Witness accounts and several of the photographs (at the end of this release) of the suspect show him carrying what appears to be a magazine. Publishers Clearing House is an American multi-channel direct-marketing company that offers discounted magazine subscriptions.

The suspect is described as a black male, 25 to 40 years of age, approximately 6’0” to 6’5” in height, 220 to 260 pounds, with a heavy build.

The Clearinghouse Bandit is believed to be responsible for the following bank robberies:

  1. Wednesday, August 1, 2012, 12:35 p.m.
    TCF Bank 640 16th Street, Denver, Colorado
  2. Monday, August 20, 2012, 2:45 p.m.
    Public Service Credit Union 815 N Colorado Blvd., Denver, Colorado
  3. Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 12:00 p.m.
    Public Service Credit Union 1113 N Abilene Street, Aurora, Colorado
  4. Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 12:34 p.m.
    Space Age Federal Credit Union 2495 S Havana Street, Aurora, Colorado
  5. Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 12:48 p.m.
    Public Service Credit Union 815 N Colorado Blvd, Denver, Colorado
  6. Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 11:19 a.m.
    Chase Bank 2986 N Speer Blvd, Denver, Colorado
  7. Friday, October 19, 2012, 10:25 a.m.
    Compass Bank 4988 N Federal Blvd. Denver, Colorado
  8. Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 10:55 a.m.
    Chase Bank 747 S Colorado Blvd., Denver, Colorado
  9. Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 4:20 p.m.
    Security Services Federal Credit Union 1901 N Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, Colorado
  10. Thursday, November 1, 2012, 11:07 a.m.
    Credit Union of Colorado 13732 E. Quincy Ave., Aurora, Colorado
  11. Thursday, November 1, 2012, 12:37 p.m.
    Wells Fargo Bank 1777 W. 38th Ave., Denver, Colorado
  12. Friday, November 23, 2012, 12:25 p.m.
    TCF Bank 640 16th St. Denver, Colorado
  13. Monday, December 10, 2012, 12:00 p.m.
    Wells Fargo Bank 1777 W. 38th Ave. Denver, Colorado

The suspect enters the bank, presents a demand note, and flees.

Bank robbery is punishable by a 20-year prison sentence for each offense and increases if a dangerous weapon is used in the commission of the crime.

If anyone has any information on the bank robbery above, please call the FBI Atlanta Field Office at (404) 679-9000.