Arizona Robber Takes 10 Banks In Two Months
The FBI Recycles “Can You Hear Me Now? Bandit” Label For Man Who Has Targeted East Valley Banks
The Can You Hear Me Now? Bandit at two of his alleged bank robberies. Images courtesy FBI.
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
Sept. 28, 2011 — The FBI has stepped up efforts to find a man who robbed 11 banks in four months, including 10 in less than eight weeks. The suspect has been dubbed the “Can You Hear Me Now? Bandit” by the FBI and Wells Fargo Bank and U.S. Bank have offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the identification and conviction of the bandit.
All but two of his eleven robberies have occurred in East Valley cities.
According to the FBI, the “Can You Hear Me Now? Bandit” has been given that label because he at times has acted like he was on his cell phone during the robbery. If the “Can You Hear Me Now? Bandit” label is familiar, it may be because it is not the first time that the FBI has used it. In 2006, a Washington man acquired the “Can You Hear Me Now? Bandit” nickname after he robbed 11 Seattle-area banks, all the while talking on his cell phone. He was later caught and convicted.
The current “Can You Hear Me Now? Bandit,” who primarily has been operating in the East Valley, is also known to wear hats. According to the FBI, “the subject started off wearing jeans with a long sleeve button down shirt and a black hat with the “Famous,” “Etnies,” or “O’Neill” logo on the front, and “skater”-type shoes. In later robberies, the subject wore a black suit with a neck tie and a black fedora or cowboy hat. During last four robberies, the subject wore a pageboy hat with jeans and a long sleeve button down shirt. In some of the robberies, the subject appears to be on a cell phone.”
The man has robbed two banks in Gilbert, two in Chandler, one in Tempe, one in Scottsdale, one in Queen Creek and four in Phoenix. The exact addresses and dates for the robberies are:
* May 12, Wells Fargo Bank, 1495 E. Warner Rd, Gilbert
* Aug. 1, Bank of America, 49 S. Higley Rd, Gilbert
* Aug. 8, Wells Fargo Bank, 4989 W. Ray Rd, Chandler
* Aug. 10, Bank of America, 1820 E. Warner, Tempe
* Aug. 12, Compass Bank,7335 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd, Scottsdale
* Aug. 16, Bank of America, 6510 W. Happy Valley Rd, Phoenix
* Aug. 24, US Bank, 3130 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix
* Aug. 26, US Bank, 18495 E. Queen Creek Rd, Queen Creek
* Sept. 1, Bank of America, 3949 E. Chandler Blvd, Phoenix
* Sept. 14, Wells Fargo Bank, 14696 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale
* Sept. 20, US Bank, 1159 W. Chandler Blvd, Chandler
Any information regarding the “Can You Hear Me Now Bandit” should be reported to the FBI at 602-279-5511 or online at www.BanditTrackerArizona.com.
The FBI Bank Robbery Task Force is comprised of the Phoenix Police Department, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, and the Mesa Police Department.
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