FBI searching for "Billfold Bandit" robbing Phoenix banks

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By Natalie Flanzer By Natalie Flanzer
By Natalie Flanzer By Natalie Flanzer
By Natalie Flanzer By Natalie Flanzer

PHOENIX - The FBI is searching for a suspect dubbed the "Billfold Bandit," who has committed nine bank robberies in the Phoenix area.

The FBI's Bank Robbery Task Force is seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect.

According to the FBI, the suspect approached the teller at three of the robberies and attempted to make a bank transaction. He then showed a demand note for money stating it was a robbery.

At the other six robberies, the suspect demanded money and showed a note that was often concealed in his wallet.

The banks are two U.S. Banks, four Compass Banks, two Desert Schools Federal Credit Unions and one Chase Bank in the north Phoenix area. One of the Compass Banks robbed was near Via Linda and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard in Scottsdale.

The suspect is described as a white male, mid-20s to early 30s, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, 150 to 180 pounds with light brown facial hair, light brown hair and brown eyes.

The suspect has worn sunglasses, blue jeans, long-sleeve shirts, several different hats to include a gold-style hat, a baseball hat with the word "Dublin" and a shamrock on the front, and a baseball hat with an "H" embroidered on the front.

Desert Schools Federal Credit Union is offering up to $5,000 for original information leading to the conviction of the suspects responsible for the series of robberies.

Anyone with information on the "Billfold Bandit" should be reported to the FBI at 602-279-5511 or online at www.BanditTrackerArizona.com.