FBI Charlotte
Public Affairs Specialist Shelley Lynch
December 1, 2020

'Too Tall Bandit' Responsible for 16 Bank Robberies in a Decade

The serial bank robber nicknamed the “Too Tall Bandit” has struck again. FBI agents and local law enforcement believe the robber is responsible for at least 16 bank robberies in Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The most recent robbery happened on November 27, 2020, at the United Community Bank in Etowah, North Carolina.

FBI agents are working with state and local partners to determine if this suspect is connected to other robberies. The FBI is asking the public to help identify the suspect and is offering a reward of up to $15,000.

The Too Tall Bandit is described as a white male, approximately 40 years old, standing 6"0' to 6"6' tall, 210 to 250 pounds, possibly with brown eyes. He speaks with a deep voice and walks with a limp affecting his right leg. In each robbery, the suspect is heavily disguised with a mask, coat, and gloves. He is armed with a black handgun and often jumps over the teller’s counter.

The FBI believes these robberies were committed by the same suspect:

  • November 27, 2009, Volunteer State Bank, 2920 Highway 31 W, White House, Tennessee
  • November 12, 2010, Sumner Bank & Trust, 780 Browns Lane, Gallatin, Tennessee
  • November 09, 2012, SunTrust Bank, 731 Cool Springs Blvd., Franklin, Tennessee
  • March 31, 2014, First Tennessee Bank, 11864 Kingston Pike, Farragut, Tennessee
  • November 24, 2014, Tri-Summit Bank, 156 East Broadway Blvd., Jefferson City, Tennessee
  • November 13, 2015, Home Federal Bank, 3671 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
  • October 27, 2016, Capital Bank, 136 Concord Road, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • November 25, 2016, First Citizens Bank, 104 Edgewood Street, Lyman, South Carolina
  • November 16, 2016, Home Trust Bank, 140 Airport Road, Arden, North Carolina
  • November 17, 2017, BB&T Bank, 263 East Broadway Blvd., Jefferson City, Tennessee
  • November 24, 2017, Citizen’s National Bank, 813 Huckleberry Lane, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • October 26, 2018, BB&T Bank, 818 Church St., N. Concord, North Carolina
  • December 21, 2018, BB&T Bank, 850 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, North Carolina
  • January 04, 2019, SunTrust Bank, 731 Cool Springs Blvd., Franklin, Tennessee
  • November 06, 2020, First Bank, 2 Market St., Brevard, North Carolina
  • November 27, 2020, United Community Bank, 50 United Bank Dr., Etowah, North Carolina

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).