Home Portland Press Releases 2009 $5,000 Reward for "Fantasia" Bandit

$5,000 Reward for "Fantasia" Bandit
Investigators Believe He's Responsible for Nine Robberies

FBI Portland November 03, 2009
  • Beth Anne Steele (503) 460-8099

The Oregon Financial Institutions Security Task Force is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person responsible for a series of six bank robberies in Portland. Investigators have dubbed the man the “Fantasia Bandit” because he has also robbed a Fantasy for Adults Only store twice. He’s also believed responsible for a ninth robbery at a Dotty’s in North Portland. The robberies started in late September.

The robberies include:

  • 9/27/09—Fantasy for Adults Only store, 1512 W. Burnside, Portland
  • 9/29/09—U.S. Bank, 900 SW 6th Ave., Portland
  • 10/3/09—Fantasy for Adults Only, 1512 W. Burnside, Portland
  • 10/4//09—Dotty’s, 11955 N. Center, Portland
  • 10/5/09—NW Resource Federal Credit Union, 221 NW 2nd Ave., Portland
  • 10/23/09—Key Bank, 444 SW 5th Ave., Portland
  • 10/24/09—Wells Fargo, 8334 N. Denver Ave., Portland
  • 10/30/09—Bank of the West, 905 NE Halsey, Portland
  • 10/31/09—Wells Fargo, 4233 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland

In the most recent robbery, "Fantasia" threatened to kill the bank teller. Witnesses describe the man as:

  • White
  • Age: 35—45 years old
  • Height: 5'8”—5’11”
  • Weight: 180-200 pounds
  • Hair: Brown
  • Clothing: Varies, but always wears a baseball cap. In one instance he wore a sweatshirt with the words “silver stein” on it; in another instance the sweatshirt said “CCCP.” Wears dark sunglasses.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI in Portland at (503) 224-4181 or the Portland Police Bureau at (503) 823-0400.

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