The $83 Bandit may need a new name after allegedly robbing his ninth bank
The $83 Bandit uses video distortion as part of his disguise. Clever!
The men and women of FBI's Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force (spotlighted in a 2008 Westword feature) have something in common with former President George W. Bush -- they love nicknames. Like, for instance, the $83 Bandit.
If the feds are right, Mr. Ocho-Tres has cleared a lot more than $83. They suspect him of having successfully robbed at least nine banks, including a UMB branch on Colorado Boulevard this past Tuesday. Not that his moniker ever corresponded to the amount he swiped. According to a Joel Warner blog about another scofflaw, the Shaggy Bandit, the $83 Bandit is named because the bank notes he's used in his crimes "often included odd numbers that have the numeral 3 in them."
Doesn't make sense to me, either -- but it's a catchy handle for a guy who's proved difficult to catch. Learn more about him below.
$83 BANDIT STRIKES AGAIN!!
The Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force (RMSSTF) is seeking the public's assistance in identifying a serial bank robber dubbed the $83 Bandit. The bank robber is suspected of committing at least nine (9) bank robberies in the Denver area since March 2009. The most recent bank robbery was on Tuesday, December 1, 2009, around 3:00 p.m., at the UMB Bank, 707 Colorado Boulevard, Denver, Colorado. He was wearing a white t-shirt and an "Indiana Jones" style hat.
The $83 Bandit typically enters the bank and presents a bank robbery demand note. No weapon has been observed by the witnesses, but he has previously threatened a weapon in his demand note. Once the teller complies with the demand, the $83 Bandit takes the stolen money and flees the bank. No vehicle information is known at the time of this press release.
Witnesses describe him as having bad teeth or at least a bad front tooth. The surveillance photographs attached depict the $83 Bandit in some of the earlier bank robberies and the December 1st robbery.
He is generally described as:
In his 30s or 40s
5'07" to 6'00" tall
Blondish colored hair
The $83 Bandit is suspected of robbing the following banks:
COMPASS BANK 4115 EAST COLFAX AVENUE DENVER, CO March 13, 2009
U.S. BANK 730 NORTH COLORADO BLVD. DENVER, CO April 8, 2009
U.S. BANK 6333 EAST COLFAX AVENUE DENVER, CO April 28, 2009
UMB BANK 707 NORTH COLORADO BLVD. DENVER, CO May 22, 2009
WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK 6160 EAST COLFAX AVENUE DENVER, CO June 8, 2009
U.S. BANK 941 SOUTH HAVANA STREET AURORA, CO June 23, 2009
WACHOVIA BANK 390 SOUTH DAYTON STREET DENVER, CO July 17, 2009
U.S. BANK 730 NORTH COLORADO BLVD. DENVER, CO August 10, 2009
If anyone has any information on any of the bank robberies above, or the bank robber described above, 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 CRIMESTOPPERS at 720-913-STOP (7867).
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