Portfolio Bandit latest nicknamed robber to terrorize Colorado banks
It's been four weeks-plus since the capture of Merle Allison, thought to be the so-called Limping Latex Bandit. Since then, the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force hasn't introduced us to any new nicknamed scofflaws.
Finally, however, there's a worthy successor to the H1N1 Bandit, the Tom Thumb Bandit, the Band-Aid Bandit and their criminal brethren. He's the Portfolio Bandit, suspected of knocking over a dozen banks in the metro area, including one in Westminster on Saturday.
The reason for his name? According to FBI spokesman Dave Joly, he carries a black portfolio like the one seen in the photo above. It's a very professional touch, but Joly says, "We're really worried about him. This has been going on for six or seven months."
Look below to see more photos, as well as the FBI's latest release:
A bank robbery occurred at US Bank, 3454 W. 72nd Ave. in Westminster, Colorado on Saturday, May 8, 2010, 9:53 a.m.
The suspect is described as light skinned male, 25 to 35 years old, 5'7" to 5'9", thin build, dark, curly hair.
The suspect presented a note to the teller. He is believed to be the same suspect that is known as the "Portfolio Bandit" possibly implicated in a total of 12 bank robberies in the Denver Metro area.
Bank robbery is punishable by a twenty year prison sentence for each offense and increases if a dangerous weapon is used in the commission of the crime.
The FBI continues to provide financial institutions with the best practices for security to make them less vulnerable to robberies.
If anyone has any information on the bank robbery above, or any bank robbery, please call the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force at 303-629-7171; or, you can remain anonymous and earn up to two thousand dollars ($2,000) by calling CRIME STOPPERS at 720-913-STOP (7867).
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