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Seeking Information on Serial Bank Robber Dubbed the Ray-Bandit

FBI Richmond December 20, 2012
  • Media Coordinator/COS Dennette Rybiski (804) 261-1044

The FBI and our law enforcement partners are seeking information leading to the identification of a serial bank robbery suspect believed to be connected to at least 14 robberies in seven states.

On December 5, 2012, the SunTrust Bank located in the Kroger Store at 6335 Mechanicsville Turnpike and the BB&T located at 9186 Chamberlayne Road, both in Mechanicsville, were robbed. It is believed that in addition to these Virginia robberies, this subject may be responsible for the following robberies:

  • July 30, 2012—Community State Bank in Kenosha County, Wisconsin
  • August 8, 2012—TCF in Munster, Indiana
  • August 8, 2012—Fifth Third Bank in Hammond, Indiana
  • August 20, 2012—Wells Fargo Bank in Moline, Illinois
  • August 23, 2012—First National Bank and Trust in Janesville, Wisconsin
  • August 30, 2012—U.S. Bank in Edwardsville, Illinois
  • August 30, 2012—U.S. Bank in Collinsville, Illinois
  • September 14, 2012—Valley Bank in Bettendorf, Iowa
  • September 26, 2012—American Bank and Trust in Milan, Illinois
  • October 10, 2012—Bank of the West in Omaha, Nebraska
  • November 1, 2012—U.S. Bank in Upland, California
  • November 26, 2012—Chase Bank in Glendora, California

Photos from the Virginia robberies are at the conclusion of this release, along with a link to a wanted poster.

Investigators are asking for anyone with information regarding the identification and/or location of the subject to call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).

The Ray-Bandit is described as a white male, approximately 5’8” to 6’0” tall, 200-215 pounds, 20-30 years of age, with red/strawberry blond hair. This individual has been known to change his hair color and wear disguises such as Ray-Ban style sunglasses, fake beards, and false teeth. He usually wears some type of hat and layers of clothing with longer sleeves. The subject has been observed wearing something on his fingertips, described as either band-aids or rubber thimbles.

Hat with Ford Shelby Cobra logo

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual responsible for these robberies.