FBI believes 'Black Hat Bandits' robbed 13 Valley banks

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PHOENIX -- The FBI's Bank Robbery Task Force, Phoenix Division is seeking the public's help to identify suspects believed to be responsible for 13 Valley bank robberies.

The robbers have hit 11 US Bank branches, one Wells Fargo bank branch and one Chase bank branch.

Eleven of the robberies have occurred inside Safeway grocery stores.

According to FBI officials, during the first five bank robberies, the robber handed the teller a white envelope demanding the teller's money. A note was used exclusively during the last eight robberies.

The suspects are described as Hispanic men in their early 20s to mid-30s, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, 160 pounds with a skinny to medium build.

The suspects have been dubbed the "Black Hat Bandits" because they wore black hats during some of the robberies. At other times they have worn a bandana, a striped hat, a gray beanie cap and a beanie cap with a Cardinals logo.

The location and dates of the robberies are as follows:

12/05/2008, US Bank, 3450 W. Bell Road, Phoenix 02/20/2009, US Bank, 520 W. Osborn Road, Phoenix 03/04/2009, US Bank, 3450 W. Bell Road, Phoenix 03/06/2009, US Bank, 630 E. Bell Road, Phoenix 03/30/2009, US Bank, 12320 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria 04/04/2009, US Bank, 15415 N. 65th Place, Phoenix 04/04/2009, Wells Fargo, Bank, 4857 E. Greenway Road, Phoenix 04/07/2009, Chase Bank, 12320 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria 04/11/2009, US Bank, 3450 W. Bell Road, Phoenix 04/14/2009, US Bank, 630 E. Bell Road, Phoenix 04/15/2009, US Bank, 520 W. Osborn Road, Phoenix 04/16/2009, US Bank, 5100 W. Baseline Road, Phoenix 04/22/2009, US Bank, 4811 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix

US Bank is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone robbing one of its banks.

Anyone with information about these robberies should contact the FBI Phoenix Office at 602-279-5511.