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'Granddad Bandit' strikes in Virginia

grandad9.jpgA middle aged, balding man suspected of committing at least 26 bank robberies in 12 states since 2008, struck in Virginia in June, federal authorities said.

The man the FBI has dubbed the "Grandad Bandit" typically walks calmly into banks and hands a teller a note demanding money, authorities said. He may gesture to suggest he has a weapon. Once he gets the cash, he flees on foot.

The robber is described as a white man between 50 and 60 years old and around 6 feet tall. He is about 230 pounds. Sometimes he wears a baseball cap, and he usually wears glasses.

The man is believed to have robbed a Glen Allen, Va. bank on June 22, authorities said. They think he struck in Richmond in 2008 and in Roanoke in 2009. He also is believed to be responsible for bank robberies in states including Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma and New York.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the robber's arrest and conviction.
-- Maria Glod

By Maria Glod  |  July 20, 2010; 9:52 AM ET
Categories:  Maria Glod , Robbery , Virginia  
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