Best bank robber nickname ever: The Formerly Known as the Perennial Bandit Bandit

Update, 1:38 p.m.: Well, that was fast. Mere hours after putting out an alert for the excellently named bank robber known as The Formerly Known as the Perennial Bandit Bandit, the FBI has announced that a suspect -- Shaun Michael Gay, 23 -- has been taken into custody.

Get the latest following our original item below, published at 7:54 a.m.

The nicknaming fiends at the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force faced a challenge when the guy they'd nicknamed the Perennial Bandit earlier this month started knocking over joints ahead of schedule. But no problem: He's been redubbed the Formerly Known as the Perennial Bandit Bandit. Lemons, meet lemonade.

Look below for photos and details about his latest heist, which took place yesterday afternoon:

The Denver Police Department (DPD) and the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force (RMSSTF) responded to a bank robbery which occurred on

Thursday, June 24, 2010 at approximately 3:30 p.m. at the

1st Bank 8901 E. Hampden Ave. Denver, Colorado 80231

This bank robber is believed to be responsible for a total of five bank robberies. The RMSSTF has dubbed this bank robber as the "Formerly Known as the Perennial Bandit Bandit." Since this is his fifth robbery, his nickname needed to be amended because he has broken his once a year robbery pattern. The attached photographs provide an excellent image of the assailant, who is believed to be armed and dangerous.

His age appears to be late teens to early twenties, 6'0-6'1, medium build, with blonde hair

Bank robbery is punishable by a 20 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 CRIMESTOPPERS at 720-913-STOP (7867).

Update, 1:38 p.m.: Here's a new release about the capture of suspected bandit Shaun Michael Gay:

During the early morning hours of June 25, 2010, the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force (RMSSTF) and Denver Police Department, police officers from District 3, arrested SHAUN MICHAEL GAY, date of birth 06/08/1987, in the 1400 block of Steele Street in Denver. GAY was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant for his arrest charging him with FLIGHT - ESCAPE by the Colorado Department of Corrections. GAY was jailed in the Denver City Jail.

GAY is believed to be the bank robber "Formerly Known as the Perennial Bandit Bandit."

The FBI RMSSTF believes that GAY robbed:

1st Bank 8901 E. Hampden Ave. Denver, CO 80231 06/24/210

BANK OF THE WEST 2050 S. Downing Street Denver, CO 06/11/2009

BANK OF THE WEST 2050 S. Downing Street Denver, CO 06/09/2010

COMPASS BANK 4600 S. Boradway Englewood, CO 06/15/2010

TCF BANK 1710 S Havana Street Aurora, CO 06/19/2010

The then unknown bank robber was dubbed THE PERENNIAL BANDIT after he robbed the same bank for the second time one year after his first robbery at that bank.

GAY is currently being held without bond on the outstanding felony warrant for FLIGHT - ESCAPE. The investigation by the FBI RMSSTF is continuing. GAY will face charges of Bank Robbery in United States District Court, District of Colorado.

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