Perennial Bandit pops up for his annual Bank of the West robbery

Shortly after nabbing the Bad Hat Bandit, the folks at the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force are hoping to pluck a guy they've nicknamed the Perennial Bandit.

He's thought to have hit the same Bank of the West branch twice, almost exactly a year apart.

Spring has sprung, and the bandits are in bloom. Look below to see more photos and get details on the search.

FBI release:

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

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at approximately 12:30 p.m. at the

Bank of the West 2050 S. Downing St. Denver, Colorado

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 22 years of age; 5'9" to 5'10, 175 lbs., with a blond buzz cut hair style.

The suspect presented a demand note to the teller.

The FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force has dubbed this bank robber the "Perennial Bandit." It is believed that this is his second bank robbery of the same bank, around the same time of year. His first was a year ago on 06/11/2009.

This yearly pattern of his blooming crime is the reason for his nickname as he only seems to pop up once a year.

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 CRIMESTOPPERS at 720-913-STOP (7867).

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