Grandpa Bandit Hits Fourth Bank Thursday
$5,000 Reward Available
|FBI Portland December 10, 2009|
The Oregon Financial Institutions Security Task Force (FIST) is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a serial bank robbery wanted by the FBI for a series of bank robberies in Salem, Sherwood and now West Linn.
The man, nicknamed the "Grandpa Bandit," robbed the Bank of America branch located at 19181 Willamette Drive in West Linn on Thursday, December 10, 2009, at about 2:50 p.m. He is also suspected in three other robberies:
- October 14, 2009—Key Bank branch located at 750 Lancaster Drive NE in Salem
- October 29, 2009—Bank of America branch located at 3803 Center Street NE in Salem
- December 2, 2009—Bank of America branch located at 15961 SW Tualatin-Sherwood Road in Sherwood
Although he did not show a weapon in today’s robbery, he did imply that he had a weapon. Investigators do believe he threatened to kill a teller and showed a weapon in one of the previous robberies.
Witnesses describe him as:
Weight: 160—180 pounds
Eyes: Light, possibly hazel
Wearing: Dark blue zip-up hoodie, jeans, prescription glasses on his face and possibly sunglasses propped up on his head.
Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI in Salem at (503) 362-6601 during normal business hours or the FBI in Portland at (503) 224-4181 24 hours a day.
FIST is a cooperative effort made up of representatives from banks, savings and loans, and credit unions, as well as representatives from local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The purpose of FIST is to help reduce crimes.