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PHOENIX - Digital billboards in the Valley are getting a makeover to help catch bank-robbing bandits.
The Federal Bureau of Investigations is partnering with Clear Channel Outdoor and E.T.S, or Electronic Tracking Systems, to help capture the state's most-wanted criminals by rotating surveillance photos on digital billboards.
The group is also steering online traffic to bandittrackerarizona.com.
A list of wanted criminals include the 'Big Boy Bandit', a middle-aged man who robbed an M&I Bank in Phoenix earlier this month.
The 'Black Binder Bandit' has been more active, robbing banks in Chandler, Mesa and Gilbert. Officials say he shows the teller a revolver or note that he carries in a binder with a black zipper.
For more information on outstanding fugitives, click here.
Arizona is No. 5 in the country as far as the number of bank robberies but No. 1 per capita.
The state has seen 38 bank robberies so far this year, which is actually good news. That number is down from the last couple of years. There were 173 robberies in 2010.