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Law Enforcement Seeks Public’s Assistance in Identifying Suspected Buckeye Bandit Bank Robber
Reward of Up to $5,000 Offered for Information Leading to Arrest

FBI Cincinnati July 15, 2014
  • Public Affairs Specialist Todd Lindgren (513) 979-8347

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF); and the Columbus Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance to help identify an unknown bank robbery suspect branded the “Buckeye Bandit” alleged to be involved in at least 16 Columbus-area bank robberies. The suspect is also believed to be responsible for robbing a Columbus pharmacy on three separate occasions. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the identification, arrest, and conviction of this bank robbery suspect. Anyone with information on these robberies is requested to call the Buckeye Bandit tip line at (614) 849-1896.

The suspect is described as a black male approximately 25-30 years of age. He is believed to be approximately 5’11” to 6’0” tall, 170 to185 pounds with an athletic build. During a number of the robberies, the suspect was wearing an Ohio State shirt and hat, which led to the moniker Buckeye Bandit.

The unidentified robbery suspect is considered armed and dangerous. He has displayed a black handgun during the robberies.

The most recent robberies the suspect is alleged to have been involved with include the July 9, 2014 robbery at the SMART Federal Credit Union (3454 North High Street, Columbus, OH) and the May 3, 2014 robbery at the Fifth Third Bank branch located at 4080 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio.

Pictures from some of the robberies are below.

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December 23, 2013: Huntington Bank 1600 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio


January 7, 2014: First Community Bank 2121 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio


July 9, 2o14: SMART Federal Credit Union 3454 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio

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