Bearded Bandit


July 26, 2012

Bearded Bandit

The FBI needs your help to identify a serial bank robber known as the Bearded Bandit.


Audio Transcript

Mollie Halpern: The FBI needs your help to identify a serial bank robber known as the Bearded Bandit.

Romel Velasco: He has a beard—dark beard—and dark hair. Some of it his hair is long and others it appears to be tucked under a hat.

Halpern: I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau, and this is Wanted by the FBI. Over the last six months, the unknown bank robber has hit up four banks in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Supervisory Special Agent Romel Velasco says the bearded man uses the same method in each robbery…

Velasco: He’ll threaten the teller that he has a weapon. He doesn’t show the weapon, however he does say he has one.

Halpern: The bandit talks on his cell phone while he robs the bank. He hangs up and takes off once he has the money.

Velasco: We ask if you do recognize this person to please pick up the phone and call the FBI or your local police department so we can get this subject off the street as soon as possible before he hurts somebody.

Halpern: If your tip leads to the charging and arrest of this man, you could receive a reward of up to $2,500. For video of the man, visit www.fbi.gov.

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