FBI Richmond
Public Affairs Specialist Dennette Rybiski
(804) 261-1044
January 19, 2018

FBI Richmond's Central Virginia Violent Crimes Task Force Seeks Serial Bank Robbery Subject Dubbed the "Chameleon Beard Bandit"

Special Agent in Charge Adam S. Lee of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Richmond Field Office requests the public’s assistance in identifying the individual believed responsible for a series of multi-state bank robberies that have occurred September 2017 to January 2018 and who investigators have nicknamed the "Chameleon Beard Bandit."

Investigators believe the following financial institutions were robbed by the same subject.

  • Bank of America at 2 Park Drive in Durham, North Carolina on September 29, 2017
  • 1st Trust Bank at 271 London Shopping Center in London, Kentucky on October 13, 2017
  • Virginia Commonwealth Bank at 900 North Parham Road in Henrico, Virginia on November 14, 2017
  • Bank of America at 107 Muirs Chapel Road in Greensboro, North Carolina on November 17, 2017
  • Wells Fargo Bank at 1344 North Hershberger Road in Roanoke, Virginia on December 12, 2017
  • Chase Bank at 2606 Judson Road in Longview, Texas on January 5, 2018

During the course of these robberies, the subject produced demand notes and either threatened he had or produced a handgun.

The subject is described as a white male, 5'11" to 6'2" tall, approximately 180 to 240 pounds, mid- to late-30s, medium build, brown eyes and hair, with a light complexion. The subject wears glasses and frequently changes the color of his beard.

A wanted poster is available on bankrobbers.fbi.gov. The Richmond Division of the FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for these crimes. Anyone with information regarding this crime, or others, may contact investigators of the Richmond FBI’s Central Virginia Violent Crimes Task Force at (804) 261-1044.