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FBI Seeks Public’s Assistance in Investigation of Serial Bank Robber
Suspect Dubbed ‘The Clearinghouse Bandit’

FBI Denver January 04, 2013
  • Media Coordinator Dave Joly (303) 630-6060

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 below photographs 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.
TFC 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.

The FBI continues to provide financial institutions with the best practices for security to make them less vulnerable to robberies.

If anyone has any information on the bank robbery above, or any bank robbery, please call the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force at 303-629-7171; or, remain anonymous and earn up to $2,000 by calling CRIMESTOPPERS at 720-913-STOP (7867).